Rural Self-Build Eco House Farmhouse. This new-build farmhouse is proposed on the edge of the village and is holistically designed to save energy and fit in with the local vernacular. The owners are keen to make it as eco as possible, incorporating renewables as well as a sensible fabric first approach. The design stems from CNA research into sustainable vernacular technologies, a simple way of creating a very eco building with out bolt-on eco bling and expense. This project is currently at pre-application stage with the local authority.

The design achieves this in the following ways:

– Thick walls with high levels of insulation

– Passive ventilation through rooflights

– Passive solar gain through south facing windows

– Enclosed south facing garden

– Steeply sloping roof in natural slate to efficiently shed rainwater and collect it for animal and garden use

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A passionate renewable expert company who will be working with on this project Bright Green Renewables