stone and wooden cladding on exterior of passivhaus and passive house building set in greenery



Location: Somerset

Type: New Build

Status: Complete


Contractor and Project Manager: MAKE

Architect: CASA Architects

Structural Engineer: Structural Solutions

Services Engineer: Greengauge

Landscape Architect: SEED Landscape

NPPF para 79 (formerly 55)

Referring to a section of the National Planning Policy Framework which relates to building isolated homes in the open countryside, para 79 acknowledges the possibility to build a new home on land that would otherwise be rejected for planning.  

To satisfy para 79, the design and build of the home must fulfil the requirement for ‘exceptional quality’ and must be ‘truly outstanding or innovative’.  Oaklands was one of the first properties in the South West to be granted planning permission on the condition that it was a home built to an exceptionally high finish and to Passive House standards.


Once in a while a project comes along where every craftsman involved feels that their contribution will sit centre stage.  Oaklands was this project and quality radiates everywhere you look in this exceptional home.  

Wooden staircase and spiral lights with exposed bulbs

Passive House 

Not only do buildings built to Passive House criteria provide a high level of comfort, they use very little energy for heating and cooling to do so.  

It was vital to create a high level of air tightness despite complex architectural curves in the building design.  

Stone exterior on luxury Passivhaus and passive house building with white Audi TT


The stone wrapping the building was sourced from natural quarries and the cavity insulation made from recycling newspaper.  A ground source heat pump and photo voltaic panels control a consistent ambient temperature and power the electricity.

Combining these natural and recycled building resources with modern renewable energy methods created not only outstanding architecture, but a sustainably powered home for many generations to come.

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