Carrowbreck Meadow

The Carrowbreck meadow development in Norwich is one of the first Passivhaus certified residential projects in the area.

 
 
Site Address: Drayton High Road, Norwich
 
Client: Broadland Growth Limited 
 
Project Type: New Build Housing 
 
 
Project Length: 12 Months 
 
 
The design combines local ‘barn’ vernacular with a contemporary twist and incorporates simple black and white materials palette. The homes were designed to sit comfortably in their woodland setting and were positioned to take advantage of solar energy throughout the seasons.
 
Fourteen new dwellings were developed - 8 detached and 6 semidetached - which were designed using the Passivhaus principles to build houses with cost effective, long term energy performance. To help achieve this Porotherm, Wienerberger’s innovative clay block walling system, was specified.
 
The project has since been nominated for a number of awards: 
 
RIBA East Awards 2017 - RIBA East Design Award 
RIBA Awards 2017 - RIBA National Award 
Norfolk Constructing Excellence Awards - Innovation and Sustainability Project of the year 
NPS Excellence Awards - Innovation 
RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence - Excellence in Planning to Deliver Housing 
LABC East Anglia Building Excellence Awards - Best New Housing Development 
Design & Craftsmanship Awards - New Residential 
Building Awards - Housing Project of the Year 
LABC Grand Finals - Best High Volume New Housing Development 
House Builder Awards - Best Sustainable Scheme and Best Design (3 storeys or fewer)

The Challange

The project was commissioned by Norwich city council to promote the passivhaus standard, which is the fastest growing energy performance standard in the UK. The passivhaus standard aims to promote the building of houses that have both an excellent thermal performance and exceptional airtightness with mechanical ventilation.
 
It marks a point at which the local authority were beginning to invest directly in quality local housing, having chosen to invest in a quality, high standard of energy efficiency.

The Solution

The porotherm system was specified for the project as an efficient alternative to traditional building materials such as timber, concrete or light steel frames. The ability to achieve the level of thermal efficiency and airtightness required for passivhaus certification was one of the key considerations. The system helped to achieve a thermal bridge and draught free building envelope, which exceeds building regulation requirements for airtightness five times over.
 
Porotherm was also considered because of its environmentally friendly and long lasting properties, with a long life expectancy of more than 150 years. It is a stronger, safer and much faster system and allows for direct labour to be used, enabling greater control of costs and an increase in efficiency.

 

Carrowbreck Meadows

Carrowbreck Meadows

Carrowbreck Meadows

Carrowbreck Meadows

Carrowbreck Meadows

Carrowbreck Meadows

Carrowbreck Meadows

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