Eco-bungalow Axminster

The Beeches was a new build project on the outskirts of the market town of Axminster. The style and layout are of a modern approach, but it is when you look at the technical specification that you realise this is unlike other bungalows or new builds. The Beeches boasts not only an eco structure, high levels of insulation and air tightness, but also the latest in renewable heat generation.

The Project

The structure is a timber frame with external brick / rendered block work fa├žade. The frame is mass filled with eco friendly mineral wool with closed cell insulation over. The roof timbers have been filled with closed cell insulation even in the loft, this is to allow for the Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery (MVHR) ducting to run in a warm space. The MVHR system has been installed to maintain the ventilation and to recycle the heat within the building. There is also an Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP) to back up the MVHR. The doors and windows are powder coat aluminium providing an airtight seal and a low maintenance finish for years to come. Building Devon was commissioned to carry out labour only on this project.

 

Plans

Details

  • All first and second fix carpentry
  • Insulate the frame
  • Fit airtight barrier
  • Air permeability test result of 1.9ach@50Pa (Air permeability is essentially a function of the pressure difference between the inside and outside of the building and air flow rate in and out of the house)

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