Kingspan Timber Solutions delivered this contemporary new show home to our client Potton. The new show home is constructed using the Kingspan TEK Building System and is the UK's first show home built to Passivhaus standard.
Achieving the requirements of the Passivhaus standard can be a challenge. It often leads to the architectural design of the building to be compromised in order to offer the most energy efficient form, typically resulting in a design that sacrifices interest for simplicity. Potton and HTA Design wanted to demonstrate that it is not necessary when a high performance construction system is used. We purposely selected the design which would be the most complex to build from an energy efficient perspective as it offered the most flexible family home. The result is a testament to the high levels of building performance and architectural design that can be achieved with careful planning, expert workmanship and the right products.
- Rory Bergin, Architect and Head of Sustainable Future, HTA Design
We have used the Kingspan TEK Building System on hundreds of low-energy buildings and trust and understand its performance characteristics. From experience, we knew that by carefully sealing and taping the external wall junctions that we could achieve the airtightness required for a Passivhaus level construction. After carrying out two tests, including a smoke test to reveal leaks, we attained a final result of 0.43 ach (air changes per hour) @ 50 Pa, exceeding the standard's minimum of 0.60 ach @ 50 Pa.
- Dr Paul Newman, Self Build Director, Potton
Kingspan TEK™ Building System is our structural insulated panel (SIP) offering. Our best-performing build system is recommended to achieve Passivhaus standard.
Kingspan LOGIC's closed-panel wall consists of sustainably sourced structural timber insulated with premium performance Kingspan Kooltherm phenolic insulation.
Kingspan ULTIMA™ Building System offers exceptional performance, delivering high levels of thermal efficiency and airtightness with a slim profile, giving you more internal space.
Self building is one of the most exciting events in a lifetime, but it requires lots of decisions. What's within the walls is just as important as how they look on the outside.
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