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Charlesworth Passivhaus Plus

21 Feb 2020

Charlesworth Passivhaus Derbyshire Home

Design: Studio Tashkeel Architects

Passivhaus ‘Plus’

Studio Tashkeel Architecture Design The North-west’s Most Environmentally Sound Home Of The Future

Charlesworth Passivhaus Plus Derbyshire house England

Studio Tashkeel Architecture have released plans and progress of the most environmentally focussed new build ‘Passivhaus’ the region has ever seen, taking the concept of energy retention to a whole new level, rarely seen in the UK.

Dubbed as “Passivhaus Plus”, the new four bed home in the Charlesworth, is due to set a new benchmark for what is possible in housebuilding in the Northwest, delivery architects STA are working to achieve a primary energy demand of ≤45 kWh/(m²TFA*a), which is one third more efficient than the original Passivhaus Classic standard and 75% more efficient than if built to current UK Building Regulations standard.

Charlesworth Passivhaus Derbyshire home UK

Key facts about the project:

• This house will be the UK’s first Passivhaus plus project to include cold zones within the PH envelope.
• The home will use 75% less energy than its equivalent built to UK’s current building regulations.
• Will use 90% less energy compared to the majority of UK’s current housing stock.

A Passive House or Passivhaus (in mainland Europe) is a voluntary design standard in sustainable house building that when followed correctly reduces a building’s ecological footprint. A house that conforms to this standard must follow rigorous design and construction rules, which results in the building extremely well insulated, completely airtight and highly energy efficient which in turn reduces the carbon footprint of the house.

Uniquely this project will see the UK’s first Passivhaus with cold zones within the air-tight envelope. This environmentally conscious concept means that the internal area that needs to be heated or ventilated is reduced, thus minimising the overall demand for energy even further.

Muthahar Khan, founder of Studio Tashkeel Architecture said, “this was a fascinating project to work on and a real challenge to deliver the level of sustainability and efficiency demanded by the client. To achieve this, we have looked at every detail and brought in inspiration from other projects around the world to deliver this new approach to a modern home, not just looking at the here and now, but also futureproofing it for technologies yet to come.”

Charlesworth Passivhaus Plus Derbyshire home

“Passivhaus Plus” is achieved when energy is generated by the house from renewable sources such as photovoltaics or wind turbines. The house must be able to produce ≥60 kWh/(m²ground*a) to be exact. This means that this unique home will have the resources to produce more energy than is actually needed to power the whole house.

Studio Tashkeel have been brought on board mid-way through this exciting build and are eagerly working away on finalising many of its environmentally friendly features. “Having been appointed mid-way through the project meant that the house had been approved by the planning department with a good level of detail agreed, however we needed to elevate its Design and Sustainability to another level to achieve the new benchmark for Passivhaus Plus projects in the UK,” added Muthahar.

A smaller carbon footprint will be achieved through a balanced ventilation and Heat Recovery system; a draft free home with super-insulated walls and roof with the addition of triple-pane insulated glazing.

Muthahar concluded; “Once complete, the property will not only stand as symbol of what is possible for sustainable architecture but will be 75% more energy efficient than an equivalent house if built under current building regulations and 90% more energy efficient when compared to the UK’s current building stock – a huge achievement for home building sustainability standards.”

To find out more about sustainable architecture from Studio Tashkeel visit www., email or call 0161 694 6375.

Studio Tashkeel

Studio Tashkeel is an award-winning architecture practice based in Manchester City Centre. The firm’s experience ranges across various sectors from Institutions, Offices, Residences and Retail Environments, but our niche specialism lies in the Residential and Commercial sectors.

Studio Tashkeel is an architectural practice founded by Muthahar Khan.

After having gained many years of multi-award-winning experience with ‘starchitects’ such as Zaha Hadid and Rafael Vinoly, Muthahar set out to create an architectural brand of his own – and Studio Tashkeel was born.

Location: Charlesworth, Derbyshire, England, UK

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