Home Farm was the conversion and renovation of a traditional, disused stone barn into four energy efficient, affordable homes for rent. White Hill Design Studio designed and specified the renovation of the existing building to create warm, modern housing units, each as close to Passivhaus standard as possible.
The redevelopment works were undertaken by local contractors.
Using substantial insulation and mechanical ventilation and heat recovery (MVHR) systems, we were able to ensure good air quality and eliminate any potential issues with dampness. MVHR systems automatically remove warm damp air from kitchen and bathroom areas, recondition and capture heat and recirculate this as dry warm fresh air to the bedrooms and living areas. The properties were also designed with large windows to allow for passive solar gain.
Since the homes have been occupied, only one of the properties has required any additional heating. As always with homes built to this standard of energy efficiency, tenants are delighted with the predictably low energy bills.
The houses – including the hot water – are completely powered by electricity. Energy is supplied by a private grid where the electricity is sourced from either a hydro scheme or a combined heat and power plant, or from solar PV panels on the roof.
The Home Farm development is a Rural Housing Award finalist in the Helping It Happen 2018 awards, run by Scottish Land & Estates.