The low energy credentials required for a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) home were at the core of this striking new-build eco home in London. As well as meeting these standards, the owners were looking for solutions that could hold their own against the demands of modern family life without compromising the minimalist aesthetic of their home.
Much like family life, detailed planning and considered design decisions proved the key to this project’s success. Keeping things discreet, we made use of a chimney running through the centre of the home which provided the ideal location for the service run of cabling and HVAC components, and also doubled up as handy storage space for the family. This central hub is also home to a discretely positioned flat screen TV with a detachable acrylic panel that conceals the room’s soundbar and subwoofer for stunning sound.
We also provided a ground breaking level of control which embraces HVAC, lighting, security, intercom, solar shading and audio-visual distribution – keeping energy levels low and causing minimum fuss for the family. The system combines KNX with Control4 technology to successfully manage the low energy features – including the heat-recovery ventilation, heating and solar-shading – alongside lighting, security and home entertainment.
This project is a strong blueprint for homeowners who are looking to live green without compromising on architecture, technology and interiors. The property went on to secure a BREEAM EcoHomes rating of ‘Very Good’. The smart home industry trade body, CEDIA, also named the project Best Integrated Home in its prestigious annual awards scheme.
“A ground breaking level of control which embraces HVAC, lighting, security, intercom, solar shading and audio-visual distribution – keeping energy levels low and causing minimum fuss for the family.”