Designed by architect Gokay Deveci. This passive solar house is open plan with the main central living room overlooked by a first floor gallery[for the purposes of part B of the Approved Documents] - A raised area or platform around the sides or at the back of a room which provides extra space. living area. This allows heat to circulate round the house.
The building has a high thermal massthis is about how much heat something can absorb - so it involves its specific heat capacity and its volume. It can be useful for levelling out the peaks and troughs of temperature within a house. See the page on thermal mass, superinsulation and is very air tight thus eliminating the need for a heating system. There is a wood burning stove for backup. There is also heat recovery ventilation. Due to its simple and elegant design it has achieved its intention of being ‘affordable’