This project is Adams+Collingwood Architects prototype for ‘active passive house’ design. The underlying principle is to find a way to have a house with large windows whilst still being ‘passive’. The solution lies in a contemporary interpretation of the traditional shutter or thick heavy curtain. Our design draws on technology to make this enclosure drawn in at night or when dormant at the touch of a button. In the cocooned state the building will be highly insulated with no weaknesses such as glazed windows.
The house is designed with a biomass boiler heating system to be fuelled by the family boatyard and marine timber businesses waste product consisting of off cuts of timber and sawdust.