Now on site: A new sustainable home in Hertfordshire
TAS Architects has designed a new low energy sustainable home in Hertfordshire for a couple and their four children. Our brief was to provide spacious and versatile living areas that maximise natural light and provide a feeling of a cozy, warm home that’s comfortable and functional.
The home is orientated to make the most of the sloping south-facing garden and lovely views. However, design features carefully reduce the risk of overheating. We have set glazing back to limit glare from the sun in summer while providing a large south facing external living space. At the same time, screening provides privacy from neighbours.
Sustainability was integral to the design and materials choices. The TAS team designed the home to be as low energy as possible, with high levels of insulation, thorough consideration of thermal bridging and layouts that ensure excellent cross ventilation.
When complete, an air source heat pump will heat the home. The design also allows for a heat recovery system and enables a roof full of solar panels.
We have designed a central large lightwell that brings light and air down into the central atrium. From here, a folding concrete stair and funky yellow balustrade wrap around in a soft curve.
The house will be constructed by our long-term contractor partner Base Developments. This firm is behind our Hertfordshire housing scheme Woodside Mews, which won a RIBA award, as well as several other low energy schemes. Base Developments shares TAS Architects’ commitment to building a high-quality, sustainable home in Hertfordshire that will stand the test of time.