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Golcar Passivhaus

Location: Golcar, Huddersfield
Completion Status: Completed January 2014 Occupancy: Occupied since May 2015
Architect: Green Building Store Consultant: Green Building Store. Certifier: WARM low energy building practice
Contractor: Green Building Store Client: Private
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Golcar Passivhaus project factfileNewbuild 4 bed detached 296m2 home combining light, contemporary, open plan aesthetics with technical advancements in cavity wall Passivhaus construction detailing.

The house is designed to bring an up-to-date contemporary look to the Yorkshire vernacular style of houses surrounding the building. The house is faced with Yorkshire stone, but also features timber cladding on certain aspects and has a large bay window. The project is designed to have clean, simple lines enhanced by the use of timber windows with narrow sightlines. 

The house did not start off as a Passivhaus and evolved into one during the planning process.  Green Building Store put the original designs through PHPP, testing out different build elements to value engineer the project, with the only major change to the plans being turning the orientation of the building south and removal of some windows from the north side of the original design.

The project uses similar design detailing to the team's previous Denby Dale Passivhaus project (the first cavity wall Passivhaus in the UK). but has further improved upon it by: • developing new strategies used to reduce thermal bridging at door thresholds • developing junction detailing for 'cathedral roofs', including improvement to I joist detailing • making improvements to the groundfloor detailing  


Further Information

Green Building Store

Project factfile 

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UK Passivhaus Awards 2016 Presentation

House Planning Help Podcast: A new build cavity wall Passivhaus


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