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ProCon Leicestershire Awards 2015

Project Detail

Whitwell House

Sustainable Development of the Year Award 2015 Winner

Whitwell House is a five bedroom detached family house located in the conservation area of Whitwell village on the north shore of Rutland Water.

The house has been designed to the Passivhaus low energy standard by the architect for his family and includes space for working from home and for parents and friends to stay with the family for extended periods.

The project employed consultants, constructors and suppliers drawn almost entirely from Leicestershire and Rutland.

Project Overview

Whitwell House was the construction team’s first Passivhaus project (it is currently aiming for certification). The building is very airtight and highly insulated with several layers of material, including recycled newspaper within the timber frame, so requiring very little energy for heating.

Large windows in the southwest elevation provide heat from solar gain which is controlled by sensor operated blinds to prevent overheating.

Renewable energy is generated though a photovoltaic array and a solar thermal panel. Rainwater is collected in a 1,500 litre tank to provide water for garden irrigation and car washing.

Successful integration into the village was a major consideration of the design which, in form and external treatment, follows the vernacular of farm buildings in the area and achieves an appropriate scale using a mix of traditional and modern materials.


    Entered by

    FCD Architecture

    Parties involved

    DW Hicks
    ADM Surveyors
    Willie Haigh Consulting Engineer
    EDP Consulting Engineers
    WARM Low Energy Building Practice


    Contract Value

    £0.5 million


    Completion Date

    January 2015


    Scheme Location

    Main Street

    LE15 8BW

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