Acre End is an Architect designed, new build four bedroom detached house designed using the Passivhaus principles with attached garage nearing completion in Spring 2021. Offering a bright and modern home with a contemporary aesthetic the property has been built and designed with the principles of Passivhaus strongly guiding the process to achieve very low energy demands and high levels of indoor air quality. The annual heating demand, according to the PHPP calculations is 19kWh/(m2.a) with a specific heating load of 12W/m2. This is the equivalent of a fifth of the heating demand of a standard new build construction. The construction was of ICF (Insulated Concrete Formwork) with the contractor having featured, using this material, on Grand Designs. (Grand Designs: Season 1, Episode 4 – The Water Tower, Amersham 1999). The property occupies an excellent off road setting and could not be more ideal if you enjoy the outdoors or walking the dog through the beautiful Beeches and its 500 acres of Woodland to enjoy.
The home was created with ease of access for the inhabitants should their mobility needs change through their lifetimes. There is a level brick paved path to the back door. The drive and a parking space are also brick paved. Externally finished in larch cladding, anthracite grey windows and doors and anthracite grey steel roof. All interior walls and doors are painted pure white. Ceilings are white with downlights in every room. Grey wood effect tiles are throughout on the ground floor with carpet on the first floor.
The property features a large entrance hall with oak staircase. The hall leads to large open plan space with kitchen, lounge and dining area. Off the hall is also a WC Cloakroom. The understairs cupboard has storage, the hot water tank and Kinetico water softener. This ground floor open plan space includes a large window to the front of the house, a kitchen window and large french doors at the rear to the garden. Off the dining area, there is a small snug / study which could also be used as a single bedroom. The kitchen is gloss white with a stone worktop. It has a built in oven, induction cook top, extractor fan and integrated Bosch dishwasher. The tap has a filtered water setting. Downstairs also has a large cloakroom with WC and sink. The plumbing (hot and cold and drains) is available for a downstairs shower.
Upstairs is a family bathroom and an ensuite shower room. These feature Duravit sanitaryware, Hansgrohe showers and taps and Porcelanosa tiles. They also both have underfloor heating mats. Upstairs there are 3 large double bedrooms and one single bedroom (which also houses the MVHR unit). The two larger bedrooms include built in wardrobes.
The tilt and turn windows are Internorm triple glazed and the doors are insulated to Passivhaus standards. (All windows have locks) The windows are large and bright with a light spruce wood internal finish. The triple glazing means the house is extremely quiet. The home has been built and designed to Passivhaus standards and has no heating (aside from the bathrooms). This leaves the walls free of radiators with the MVHR providing fresh air / extraction to all rooms. We will own the next door home and long drive (c 100m) to the house.
Acre End will have a right of way to the house. There is an attached single garage and minimum 2 parking spaces outside the home. The garage has an automatic garage door opener and a rear door to the garden. There is a water tap within the garage for a hosepipe. The house is on Beeches Road, which leads straight into Burnham Beeches nature reserve (where many films and TV shows are made - Harry Potter and Snow White - and most recently Horrible Histories and Mel & Sue's Hitmen).
Beeches Road is within level walking distance of the numerous high street shops (including small Sainsburys and Tesco), the local Infant and Junior Schools, Doctors’ surgery and Sports Club. It is approximately 5 miles from Pinewood Studios and 3 miles south to Slough M4 and 3 miles north to Beaconsfield M40. The nearest train stations are Slough or Gerrards Cross / Beaconsfield.
Built to Passivhaus principles. This means: - Design – the architect is trained in and modelled the home in the Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP). The Passivhaus Planning Package was used to create a home that exceeds Building Regulations on energy performance. - Insulation – again, this house significantly exceeds Building Regulations. With additional insulation thickness and enhanced insulation product quality in the walls, floors and roof. - Building fabric and air tightness – in addition to the windows being triple glazed, they are professionally fitted with the frames having specialist sealing and air tightness tape. Each join or penetration in the house also has specialist sealing.
The house is draught free with an airtightness test of 1. - Ventilation – the Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery system brings fresh filtered air into the building whilst recovering the heat and moisture from the outgoing air. This also contributes to the home being free of draughts and moisture issues such as mold. SAP Energy Efficiency Rating of B (83). Please note SAP cannot take into account the energy efficiency of a Passivhaus design. It adopts a default position that the house is heated by inefficient electric heating for the floor area - not taking into account the insulation, MVHR or air tightness. Protek warranty will be available on completion of landscaping. Passivhaus Standard (Source: Passivhaus Trust)
The Passivhaus Standard requires: • Design modelling using the Passive House Planning Package • Very high levels of insulation • Extremely high performance windows with insulated frames • Airtight building fabric • Thermal bridge free construction • A mechanical ventilation systems with efficient heat recovery Passivhaus designs achieve a reduction in space heating requirements. The house retains heat from the sun and the home owner’s activities. Passivhaus is a design and construction standard that creates homes that are both energy efficient and comfortable. It is an exceptional standard that ensures low heating and energy demand, no draughts or cold surfaces, comfortable summer temperatures and fresh indoor air quality. The resultant home reduces fuel poverty and keeps the risk of condensation and mould growth very low, protecting the health of its inhabitants.
The high build quality ensures that the integrity of the structure will be long lasting and the maintenance demand is diminished. A fabric first approach is taken in the design and construction of a Passivhaus, meaning that the external skin is super-insulated with impressive levels of airtightness. With the risk of a leaky building omitted, the ventilation can be controlled by a mechanical ventilation and heat recovery system (MVHR). Fresh air brought into the building is warmed by the stale air leaving. This clean, pre-warmed air is then distributed around the building in a controlled way maintaining a fresh, yet draught free, internal environment at all times. MVHR Overview (Sources: GreenBuildingStore; Zehnder) MVHR (Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery) provides a constant supply of fresh filtered air into a building whilst retaining most of the energy that has already been used in heating the building.
The airflow is provided through a ducted system to serve all of the rooms in the house. It extracts air from the wet rooms (kitchen, bathrooms) and supplies air to the habitable rooms (living room, bedrooms). Before the extracted air is exhausted out of the building, the heat in the air is recovered by means of a heat exchanger into the fresh air, which is introduced into the building. The extracted air is not recirculated. The pre-warmed fresh air is then introduced into habitable rooms. When there is no need for recovering the heat, the system provides fresh air and counteracts some overheating. Windows can be opened for cross ventilation if needed.
The benefits of good ventilation in a home. By having continuous airflow it helps reduce build up of excessive moisture and odours. Good ventilation helps reduce condensation i.e. water droplets on windows, walls or other surfaces. It draws out the moisture and minimises the effect of dampness on the home structure. Allergens such as pollen, dust and other irritants will be significantly reduced. Fresh air for occupants is controlled. MVHR maintenance requires changing the filters every 6 months, which is a simple process.
Farnham Common is well served by road and rail links with the larger neighbouring towns of both Gerrards Cross and Beaconsfield providing direct rail access into London Marylebone in around 20 minutes.
In 2022 Crossrail at nearby Burnham will provide commuters with easy access across central London to Canary Wharf. The motorway network of the M40, M25 and M4 are all also within easy reach.
Renowned for its excellent grammar schooling along with a range of state and independent schools including Caldicott in Farnham Common, Dair House in Farnham Royal and Maltmans in Gerrards Cross. Farnham Common also has its own excellent Infant and Junior Schools which are both walking distance to the property. For a full list of catchment schools visit www.buckscc.gov.uk
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