Off to the big smoke tomorrow to join Marine from Enhabit on stage at the UK Passivhaus Conference. Looking forward to sharing what we've learnt and experienced during the build and what it's like now to live in a Passivhaus.
That's roughly the percentage of certified Passivhaus and EnerPHit projects to 'ordinary' houses, in this neck of the woods (NW England) according to IPHA's map anyway (excerpt below). Assumed approximately 2m homes (thanks Google) on this map.
Not exactly mainstream yet then.
It does feel like we are in our own little bubble, as the triple glazing and air-tightness cuts out almost all external noise. We sleep through aircraft overhead, thunder and even a police car chase that ended in our next door neighbour's front garden!
What's remarkable is that even though it's quiet at night, you still can't hear PAUL wafting his air around.
Works two ways, of course, so when the kiddies are having a riot, at least we're not disturbing the neighbours.
Back after a break. The cladding to the extension is finished, with thanks to Paslode for their excellent nail gun which made the job much easier. We used it for cladding to the front porch, about a year ago now and those fixings seem to be holding well.
Finally installing the cedar cladding to the studio extension, and rather fine it looks too.
Condensation occasionally forms on the outside of the windows, disconcerting at first when we are used to it on the inside, but easily explained by the cold glass (thanks to the triple glazing) attracting the moisture out of the surrounding air.. Note the edges remain clear adjacent to the frames as inevitably they form a cold bridge, albeit minimal.
It is welcome sight as there is no damp or risk of mould, which is good for our health. We are all feeling better living in the Passivhaus and are having fewer colds – it will be interesting to see how we are during the winter months.
We reused the beautiful timber handles that Russel's talented late father made for our old house in London. Added to simple Valchromat door they look great.
We love the deep window sills. We had visions of them used to display our nice ceramics, but they have been taken over by the children. Perfect depth for toys.
Loving our little en suite, especially the gorgeous tiles by our lovely neighbour in London, Helen Beard.
Russel and Anna Hayden