Cedar Barn

To gain planning permission for a new house in a rural courtyard of barn conversions, planners asked for a highly innovative design sensitive to local surroundings. Working closely with owner Deluxe Developers, Prosper’s innovation is an ‘exceptionally sustainable’ family home that marries tradition with future technology to achieve the highest environmental standards - Code 6. The barn is also designed to Lifetime Homes Standards, to flexibly adapt to the occupiers’ changing needs at different life stages.

Sustainable timber is the primary building material - Scandinavian spruce for structural elements and North American Red Cedar for cladding and roofing, unstained to age naturally. Any brick and stone used is salvaged and all concrete has a high proportion of recycled aggregate. Energy demand is reduced by using energy efficient surfaces, exceptional insulation, triple-glazed windows and removing thermal bridges. Renewable energy is generated from unobtrusive solar panels seamlessly built into the dark grey roof tiles and a ground-source heat pump supplies the underfloor heating.

High-tech control and monitoring equipment ensures that energy, ventilation and insulation are performing optimally, with hourly updates and the ability to manage by phone or tablet. The barn has an outstanding Energy Efficiency Rating, generating nearly three times the electricity it uses, and boasts zero net CO2 emissions. This project forms an exemplary blueprint for how conventional new build homes can be eco-friendly.

‘Highly commended’ in the Eco Living category at the London Evening Standard’s 2016 New Homes Awards

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  • Lead Designer
  • Feasibility Study
  • Concept Design
  • Working Drawings
  • Planning Applications
  • Project Management