School Farm comprises four Victorian barns arranged around a courtyard. The two large barns will provide two new family homes, with the third used for storage/parking and the fourth kept for agricultural use.
The clients brief was to create a house that is "extremely eco-friendly". This sustainable approach is to be based on sound scientific principles and will utilise sophisticated controls, extremely high standards of insulation, direct solar gain and high thermal capacity. The brief also includes rain and greywater re-use. The proposal should also increase wildlife potential on the site.
The brief is to achieve a Passivhaus + approach. Passivhaus will form the minimum energy standard for the project with the addition of other energy saving/creating systems and using, whenever possible, recycled materials, especially those that are already on site.
The completed building will be an exemplar Passivhaus barn refurbishment.
Passivhaus Barn conversion in Kent