Charlford architects Millar + Howard Workshop win Telegraph Best Passivhaus Award
PUBLISHED: 15:56 01 December 2017 | UPDATED: 15:56 01 December 2017
"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.”
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.”