The modern Bristol home that pays for itself

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The modern Bristol home that pays for itself

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Solarsense Zero Carbon Home:  Corridor & hallway by Askew Cavanna Architects,
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Bristol-based Askew Cavanna Architects bring us our latest homify 360° gem, a residential structure that is uniquely fitting for the 21st century. 

Designed as a low-energy home, this building is used to demonstrate renewable energy technologies. The project features a fully integrated solar PV roof, ground source heat, mechanical ventilation and heat recovery.

Let’s take a look.

Seen from outside

Solarsense Zero Carbon Home:  Houses by Askew Cavanna Architects,
Askew Cavanna Architects

Solarsense Zero Carbon Home

Askew Cavanna Architects

The form of the building is inspired by a country barn, with a large south-facing roof to maximise the potential for solar energy generation. Systems include an extensive array of fully integrated photovoltaics, smart energy controls, mechanical ventilation and heat recovery (MHVR). Air-tightness and insulation is to Passivhaus equivalent levels, which is a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building to help reduce its ecological footprint. 

For the timber façade, European Redwood has been used, while Internorm composite timber/aluminium high performance triple glazed panes with low-e coating is used for the windows. 

For the roof, we find a fully integrated design of monocrystalline solar panels by GB-Sol with a capacity of 12.85 kWp.

Incoming light

Of course all these smart features also add to the house’s eye-catching style, especially the solar PV roof lights that cast a dappled shade onto the main staircase inside. 

And those circular ceiling pendants add the perfect contrasting touch.

Heating things up

Solarsense Zero Carbon Home:  Corridor & hallway by Askew Cavanna Architects,
Askew Cavanna Architects

Solarsense Zero Carbon Home

Askew Cavanna Architects

And what is a 21st century design without some warm flooring? Underfloor heating is introduced via a ground-source heat pump to keep the interior setting as comfortable as possible. 

Carpenters, contractors, and many more – we have them all here on homify. See our professionals page for more info.

Welcoming nature in

Solarsense Zero Carbon Home:  Bedroom by Askew Cavanna Architects,
Askew Cavanna Architects

Solarsense Zero Carbon Home

Askew Cavanna Architects

To make the most of natural lighting and the superb surroundings, various window / roof light designs (with glazing, of course) have been added to ensure the interiors enjoy some fresh views of the lush green landscapes outside. 

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How do you feel about this house’s look and its commitment to saving energy?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd,

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