Touchwood Homes are committed to the design, engineering and construction of premium quality air tight, super insulated timber frame homes for the self-builder, so that they can create a home with minimal every day energy consumption. Our team have successfully taken many projects through the passivhaus certification process and now even reaching passivhaus +
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.
The Touchwood Home team are immensely proud that the Weyhill project in Hampshire was of the first homes in the UK that have achieved formal Passivhaus + certification in April 2017
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.
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 was new to the concept of Passivhaus houses but after much research I decided that it made sense or our new home to be built to this high standard of energy efficiency. We chose Touchwood homes, who explained to us that their robust rigid external air-tight layer system, unlike traditional sticky tape membrane systems, would not only guaranteee a passivhause degree of air-tighness but would also, for the slight increase in initial costing, save me a fortune on the cost of follow-on trades who would have otherwise have to work around flimsy internal membranes. As a result I have seen for myself how quickly and efficiently the plumbers and electritians have been able to complete their work and how much time and money this has saved me already!
We have been astonished by the performance of the house…with cellulose fibre insulation Installed to test densities of 70 and above. Our son who is a commercial building energy assessor used his thermal imaging camera to check the installation and was unable to find even the smallest area which was not filled over the entire house.
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.
We have now been living in our house for 5 months and it is a revelation – why are all houses not built to this standard?! What’s most surprising is the ‘stillness’ of the house, no drafts, exceptionally quiet and clean controlled air distribution, makes for a very relaxing place to be. Passivehaus is the future of building and the Touchwood team did an excellent job with our beautiful new home