The burrows is a new-build earth sheltered house. It£s not often you get the opportunity to build a house from scratch for a client so committed to good design and class leading sustainability. Despite being a new, isolated dwelling in the green belt, we achieved planning approval for the proposal at first attempt in September 2012, making this the first Passivhaus to achieve planning in South Yorkshire. It was also one of the earliest NPPF paragraph 55 planning approvals in the country.
The design is very simple, with a linear progression along the hilltop site. All of the habitable rooms have good southerly orientation to make the most of winter passive solar gain, but the windows and eaves are designed to minimise summer overheating. This combined with thermal mass, super-insulated building envelope, triple glazed windows and the thick grassed roof will make for an incredibly comfortable and healthy house in which to live.
A simple pallet of local stone, timber windows and infill panels, and zinc clad entrance and eaves will give the building a simple, elegant and understated aesthetic that will sit well in it£s landscape.