When architectural designer Phil Newbold and his wife Joy decided to self build their traditional-style cottage, they chose to use ultra energy-efficient insulation materials and building techniques.
As a result, Greendale Cottage is the first in the county of Durham to achieve a Band A SAP rating, with a score of 97/100.
Constructed in a Conservation Area and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the new build mirrors the traditional form and materials typical of this part of the Dales. This includes an L-shaped floorplan, stone cladding and reclaimed roof tiles.
- Project: Traditional-style eco cottage
- Location: County Durham
- Build time: Jan 2012-Feb 2013
- Construction system: Double stud bespoke timber frame with stone outer skin and slate roof
- Size: 116m²
- Plot cost: £70,000
- Build cost: £180,000