Chief's Farm in Essex is a new build passivhaus certified home built on land where a derelict property had previously stood vacant for many years. Touchwood Homes was contracted to design and install our thermal-bridge free strip foundation system to create a high performing foundation with minimal loss of heat to ground.
At present (April 2017) there are only four homes built in the UK that have achieved formal Passivhaus + certification, and at Touchwood Homes we are all very proud that our own Weyhill project in Hampshire is one of them!
This contempory design flat roof home in Tatsfield, Surrey has been built on a visually dramatic sloping landscape. We were initially presented with architectural plans to a utilise steel structure, however the use of steel would have allowed cold-bridging and associated heat loss to occur,, and so compromising the overall energy efficiency of the home. Instead, we created a complex system of box and glulam beams to overcome this problem for a far superior level of energy efficiency.
This passivhaus certified build has been designed visually to be in character with neighbourhood street scene, as is often a locally authority planning requirement in residential areas, however internally, this home is very different - its super energy-efficient structure means that environmentally it really stands out above the others.
Touchwood Homes designed, supplied and erected this complex glulam frame for the Roundhouse, from an initial conceptual design from the client’s architect. Being of such as unusual design the home was featured on the channel 4 series Grand Designs, first shown on 17th September 2014.
I am glad that they [Grand Designs] covered your timber frame so well, such a beautiful example of what can be done with wood - I am so pleased that we chose you for the job and I am more than happy to recommend your services. Peter, Roundhouse, Milton Keynes