Large spans of glass contribute to light open spaces
The stability of the engineered oak glulam frame used alongside SIPs by KIngspan TEK, created a structure that took out all the racking forces of the frame. Using this combination meant that large spans of glass could be incorporated into the building, whilst maintaining a frame that uses small sections of timber.
The combination of an oak glulam frame with a SIPs structure meant that traditional dovetail connections and mortice and tenon joints could be used without the use of steel work and bolts. This gives the frame both a contemporary and traditional feel, which reflects the tradition of timber frame barns, whilst firmly being part of the twenty-first century.
Technology and design combine to make an energy efficient space
High levels of insulation and air-tightness are achieved through the use of SIPs and a heat recovery system installed in the home. Solar photovoltaic panels are used along the ridge of the rear pitched roof and evacuated-tube solar panels are in a concealed slot between the sloping roofs of the house.
Maximum penetration of daylight to all rooms is aided by a central roof-light in the house. Solar gain is taken into consideration as lower-angled winter sun heats up the exposed internal masonry walls and floors, whilst balcony shading over the tall ground floor windows prevents solar gain in the summer.