Project:

57 Grantham Road

Client:

Private

Contract Sum:

£375,000

Description:

Completed on a small budget and set within the tight confines of an urban plot in the Preston Park Conservation area this new-build 3 bedroom house delivers exemplary sustainability credentials whilst meeting the design aspirations of its owners. The building was the first private dwelling to achieve code for sustainable homes level 5 in Brighton and Hove. The intended finished result was a light and airy home which integrates itself into the site, both physically and through the use of contextually appropriate materials.

The onerous requirements of the Code have been incorporated seamlessly into the design and every detail has been crafted to meet the buildings performance needs whilst appearing to be effortlessly simplistic.The project embraces not only energy efficiency and renewable energy, but every aspect of sustainability, including natural materials, ecology, accessibility, site waste management and rainwater harvesting. The house design follows the principles of a passive solar house including solar orientation, self-shading and sun-spaces. The building draws its heating from a thermal store that is heated from a wood-burning stove and solar thermal panels. An ASHP is provided as a back-up measure and has its electricity balanced by a solar PV array. A large percentage of the building’s construction is rated as A or A+ in terms of its environmental impact under the BRE’s green guide. Low impact materials have been sourced locally wherever possible with certification provided to demonstrate responsible sourcing.

In 2016 the building won a Sussex Heritage Trust Award.

Photo Credit: Jim Stephenson

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