6 ISSUES FOR JUST £6 Subscribe to Business & Professional Life today CLICK HERE

Charlford architects Millar + Howard Workshop win Telegraph Best Passivhaus Award

PUBLISHED: 15:56 01 December 2017 | UPDATED: 15:56 01 December 2017

(c) Millar + Howard Workshop

(c) Millar + Howard Workshop


“This project’s success has been due to the sheer determination of our clients and through a collaborative approach with several experts”

Millar + Howard Workshop, the architect firm based in Chalford, are pleased to announce that their residential project Dursley; The Treehouse, has won the coveted Telegraph and Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine Award’s Best Passivhaus.

Tomas Millar co-director of Millar + Howard Workshop said: “We’re really chuffed with this award. It was a great project to be involved in. Attaining Passivhaus Certification was an achievement in itself but for the design of the house within that to be recognised is brilliant. PassivHaus is an engineering standard and the fact that is so rigorously audited is it’s great strength. The downside (sometimes) is that Passivhauses can look as if nothing other than engineering has gone into the design. What is wonderful about the treehouse is that it demonstrates what’s possible when adopting a broader, more balanced approach.”

(c) Millar + Howard Workshop(c) Millar + Howard Workshop

Set amongst 27 protected trees on a largely hidden piece of disused land in the centre of the town, the architects designed a structure distinct from the trees yet complimenting their form, textures and patterns. It contrasts with its surroundings but doesn’t distract from them. The building becomes part of the wood and the shadows the trees create. This building is a distinctive feature of its town yet fits discretely into its setting and community The clients were determined from the outset that the house should be a Passivhaus and for the actual build to leave as low a carbon footprint as possible. Millar + Howard Workshop involved several local consultants to help achieve this.

Tomas Millar added: “This project’s success has been due to the sheer determination of our clients and through a collaborative approach with several experts: Engineers, Structural Solutions; Arboriculturalists, Tree Maintenance and Ecology Consultants, CTM Wildlife. Greengauge Energy were instrumental in the design achieving PassivHaus standard and Jon and Nareens dedication and attention to detail during the build ensured the building fabric performed to the high standards required to achieve PassivHaus status.”

Visit the Millar + Howard Workshop website here.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Cotswold Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Cotswold Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Cotswold Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Cotswold Life

47 minutes ago

Chipping Campden – once the meeting place for a council of Saxon kings – now offers the warmest of welcomes to all its visitors, from the humble shopper to the seasonal shin-kicker

Read more

Property prices across Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds have risen steadily over the last few years, reflecting the trend across the country. But which area has shown the most dramatic hike in prices recently, and how does your postcode and house type compare with others in the area? You may be surprised to see the results...

Read more

From mini Norway spruces to luxury Nordman firs, here are eight of the best places to get a luscious, green tree in the Cotswolds this festive season

Read more

The weekend is fast approaching and for those still deciding how to spend their Friday through to Sunday, we pick 5 of the best ways to spend your weekend in the Cotswolds

Read more

Choral carol services and grand instrumental performances, with the backdrop of some of the Cotswolds most picturesque locations, are perfect ways to embrace the festivities. We pick some of the best carol services and concerts to enjoy in the region

Read more

Taking the classroom outdoors is fun, inspires fresh ideas, broadens horizons – and encourages a new generation to enjoy and care for the Cotswolds

Read more
Friday, November 16, 2018

“‘Flexitarians’ can do one though, being alleged vegetarians who still can’t resist the sizzling siren song of the bacon sandwich when no-one is looking.” Editor Mike Lowe is attempting to seek reconciliation with those he has annoyed… well, sort of.

Read more
Thursday, November 15, 2018

“This letting to Oxford nanoSystems is a fantastic example of how we are able to provide first class facilities for growing technology companies at Abingdon Business Park.”

Read more
Thursday, November 15, 2018

One of the UK’s leading training and education specialists has launched a skills hub in Nuneaton

Read more
Thursday, November 15, 2018

“The logistics hub is another example of where we have worked in partnership to support skills needs in the area and link our student body with future job opportunities.”

Read more
Thursday, November 15, 2018

“It was fantastic to see how this project is making a real difference to the lives of young people at risk of social exclusion.”

Read more
Thursday, November 15, 2018

It has become the 90th store to accept the gift card in Cheltenham

Read more
Thursday, November 15, 2018

As well as three days of action-packed racing and tradition, there’s plenty to do away from the course at this year’s November Meeting. Neil Phillips, The Wine Tipster, shares his 14 suggestions on how to make the most of your time at Cheltenham Racecourse

Read more
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

From festive light switch-ons and Santa’s Grottos, to Victorian Christmas Fayres and late-night shopping, we’ve covered what’s on in and around the Cotswolds this season

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory A+ Education

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search