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Fox Lodge is a contemporary eco-house built at the heart of the Leicestershire conservation village of Foxton.
The project sought to maximise sustainability in the materials selected, energy sources, heat loss, airtightness and to minimise running costs, maintenance and repairs.
The two-storey structure was built using timber framed panels containing rock wool insulation. The internal lining boards, which needed no plastering, are made of recycled newspaper and resin. The walls, floors and roof structure was erected in four working days.
Fox Lodge’s full height glazing, concealed light well and stairwell glazing add to the ambiance of the largely open plan living space on the ground floor. At first floor level multi-faceted apex ceilings and roof lights bring in an abundance of natural light.
An air source heat pump provides warmth and an Ecodan thermal store delivers hot water at 65 degrees centigrade. Solar panels add to the electricity supply. LEDs are used for lighting throughout.
Air is circulated around the home, with the system monitoring temperature changes and moisture levels to extract air from hot spots or humidity zones such as bathrooms and the kitchen. That heat is sent to other parts of the house.
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47 Westview Avenue, Glen Parva, Leicester. LE2 9JU. Company number: 5420643