Building of the Month - March 2016
Every month we will be looking at a new building for inspiration; for March we will be taking a look at the UK's first Passive House.

Architect: Seymour-Smith Architects
Client: Private
Location: Cotswolds

Located in the heart of the Cotswolds, Hill Barn was a 300 year old derelict building located in an area of Outstanding natural beauty. To develop this design the architects had to engage with local planners, historical and environmental bodies to develop a building which not only complemented the landscape but also was to an outstanding level of architecture which justified the redevelopment of the site.

Through this process the architects developed their designs under the guidelines of the German standard Passive House criteria. In Germany it is recognised that Passive House design is a rigorous but voluntary level of design that raises the energy efficiency of the development to reduce the carbon footprint of the building. It results in buildings that require little energy for space heating and cooling of the property.