Sheffield planners approve Passivhaus home

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Sheffield planners have approved an ultra-sustainable home which is the first of its kind in the region.

A 1960s property on Bracken Hill in Burncross is to be transformed into a high-specification, contemporary detached house thanks to the planning approval from committee members on Sheffield Council.

The application was made by Paul Holden of Peak Architects. The plan integrates ‘Passivhaus principles’ - a German-founded system which aims to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions by up to 90 per cent through extremely high levels of insulation.

Paul said: “As energy demands and prices increase, the need for homes to be far more efficient and conserve energy rather than waste it, will only rise.

“Post war dwellings make up 60 per cent of the current housing stock, offering a huge market for retrofitting. This concept makes it viable for people to make drastic reductions in their carbon footprint, reduce their energy bills and improve their environment without moving home.”

Construction is expected to start on site in April.