North London Eco House
Location | Highgate, London
Type | New-build
Size | 3,000 sq ft
SHH Services | Planning, Architecture & Interior Design
A new-build, three-storey house, which sought to go beyond the legal requirements for green and energy-saving technologies. The client brief was to create an open, spacious and eco-friendly family home, open and light with clean lines and lots of storage, so that the house could be clutter-free. Open spaces were to enhance the flow of family life, integrating all activities and family members together. Large window and door openings along with a substantial lightwell at lower-ground level would bring as much daylight inside the house as possible. Green technologies successfully incorporated included solar panels to heat water; a geo-thermal heat pump with boreholes, which uses the natural underground earth temperature both to heat and cool the house; a rainwater harvesting system, which reuses water for irrigation and WC flushing; improved building fabric U-values; energy-efficient lighting and a cedar terrace deck with sedum planting around the perimeter.