3D Model Of Proposed Development
ZEF worked on the modelling of this converted farmhouse (thermal modelling and daylighting), and advised on the thermal massing, solar collection and sustainable heating of the house.

A particular effort was made in Nicholson House to improve the house’s envelope. This involved very good insulation, thermal mass, ground mass, glazing (size and type), shading and the ventilation (earth tube) in order to decrease the heating and cooling needs.

The dwelling benefits of an efficient passive solar design and is only heated by wood burning stoves during the coldest days of the year. Heat recovery ventilation and earth tube help to decrease heating needs too. Evacuated solar collectors are used to generate domestic hot water.

Ventilation of the ground floor slab will purge the unwanted heat and acts as a passive cooling system during hottest days.