An environmentally friendly home that has won awards is on the housing market at a price of £2.89m
The house stands in meadows near Brockweir in Gloucestershire. It was built five years ago by artists Jean and Michael Dunwell who fulfilled their dream of constructing a low-energy building in which they could live and work. The green roof looks like an extension of the meadows in which the house stands and provides natural insulation.
The house features underfloor heating powered by a ground source heat pump and solar thermal panels. It also has a charging point for an electric car. The three-bedroom house has floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the countryside and art studios next to a courtyard garden.
The house won a People’s Choice award, a Manser Medal and a nomination for the RIBA Stirling Prize. It was designed by Loyn and Co architects and was described by Architects Journal magazine as:
“…one of the most outstanding new houses in Britain in a decade.”
The underfloor heating, insulation and solar panels mean that the house is economical to run, so although the home is expensive to own with its near £3m asking price, it can be powered economically.
Though not every property is suitable for underground heat pumps to provide warmth for underfloor heating, electric underfloor heating is suitable for most homes, and can be powered by alternative energy sources to provide an economical way of heating a home.