The UK's First Oak Frame Passivhaus

The UK's first oak frame Passivhaus
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Ever since Phil and Yvonne had built a house of their own nearly 30 years ago, they had harboured dreams of building another. They were particularly keen to create a high-spec eco-house — however the 1930s dormer bungalow with sea views they inherited from Yvonne’s parents was anything but.

The Garnetts came across architectural practice Eco Arc online and spoke to architect Andrew Yeats, who quickly got on board with the philosophy to build a modern eco home and plans behind the build and agreed to design a Passivhaus — the first in the district. “We didn’t realise at the time that this would be the first oak frame Passivhaus in the UK,” adds Phil.