pureHaus II Summary
The PureHaus II is a four-bedroom house with two bathrooms house, a state-of-the-art low carbon and low-energy home.
Exterior: The simple shape of this semi-detached house is a critical design feature, it is paramount in creating a super energy-efficient home, minimising the surface-to-volume ratio of the building. The mono-pitched roof is angled towards the sun so that solar panels can achieve maximum solar gain. To maintain summer comfort, avoiding overheating and future-proofing against the rise in global temperatures, shading has been added in a special way which allows sunlight to warm the home in winter when the sun is lower in the sky.
Indoors: Inside the home, the ground floor has an open plan kitchen, dining and living that connects with the garden through a pair of sliding doors out onto a terrace.
When designing our homes, we paid close attention to the relationship between indoors and outdoors. On the ground floor, an open-plan layout was chosen. This meant that the views from the kitchen, dining and living areas could be enjoyed, and the living areas are flooded with natural light and warmth from the sun on the south elevation.
The north side of the house is always shaded so we designed small windows, engineered to prevent heat loss. The windows still provide ample light to the utility and washroom facilities, areas of the house we spend the least time in.
The kitchen features a highly energy-efficient induction hob with a recirculating filter and oven. The kitchen units and worktops have all been chosen based on quality and sustainability credentials.
Further customisation can include an integrated
fridge-freezer, dishwasher and a highly energy-efficient hot water boiling tap, fitted room furniture pack, lighting pack and battery storage
Using the National Space Standards the general layout has been developed to meet Accessible and Adaptable Dwellings standards, making the homes generous and well thought through. The ground floor WC is large and has been designed to accommodate showering facilities for families that would find this useful.
The first floor has two generous-sized double bedrooms and a shower room ensuite.
The second floor has a further two double bedrooms and a bathroom and a laundry room. The architect has configured the ensuite and bathroom to be interchangeable with the master bedrooms.