Friday, November 16, 2007

Open Door Weekend

From 9-11 November it was the Passive House Open Door weekend in Europe. Our architects put on presentations for the press and public, and about 250 people visited the house over three days, including a TV crew, lots of newspaper journalists and a bus tour!

Display of the clay that is going on the walls. We can choose from several different textures of clay.

Display of top coats of clay. Different coloured pigments can be mixed into the normal coloured clay to create a variety of natural colours. We will probably leave some walls the natural colour (see above photo) and then add one or two coloured walls to each room for a contrast. We will not paint the walls at all.

Hemp insulation being used in the roof and some interior walls.

"Wattle and daub". Reeds are put on top of the wooden interior walls and then a base coat of clay is put on top. The final layer of clay (see picture above of samples) goes on top of this.

Adam and Alex in the sandpit.

The outside of the house is almost finished, but they ran out of wood, so more is on order.
The ventilation system was installed in the week of 5 November. Some pipes will remain visible to prove that we have an alternative system. Fibre glass has been used as insulation in some interior walls.

The water pipes in the downstairs bathroom.

The electric wiring in the kitchen.

The ventilation pipes and the frame for the ceiling in one of the bedrooms. The box with the red stripe is to prevent noise travelling along the pipe.

The clay bricks have been laid inside all the exterior walls and on the floors for insulation. Several more layers of board and wood have gone on top of the floors, which are really sound proof (Alex tested them!).

1 comment:

passivhaus said...

By achieving the Passivhaus standards, qualified buildings are able to dispense with conventional heating systems. While this is an underlying objective of the Passivhaus standard, some type of heating will still be required and most Passivhaus buildings do include a system to provide supplemental space heating.