7 eco houses to inspire an energy efficient self build project

Inspiring eco-friendly houses that will inspire your self build project with sustainable design, clever eco-tech and energy saving ideas

By Gemma Parkes | 4 April 2018

Reduce your carbon footprint with clever energy conserving ideas from these sustainable homes that combine ecotech with stylish design.

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Image: Baufritz

Are you aiming for a home that meets Passivhaus standards, with higher than normal levels of insulation and airtightness? Or perhaps you would like to design a carbon-neutral house with solar panels, a heat pump or biomass boiler to save money on future energy bills. Then again, you may want an affordable, low-impact home made with only natural and recycled materials.

Whichever route you choose, these real-life examples show there is no need to sacrifice style for eco-friendly substance.

New-build clad in sustainable oak

new build sustainable eco friendly home

Image: Peter Feeny

On the outskirts of an Oxfordshire village, this new-build clad in sustainable oak was designed by Peter Feeny Architects to maximise the relationship between architecture and landscape, and to be as environmentally friendly as possible.

A Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) system is supplemented by a wood pellet boiler. Solar heating panels, housed on the garage roof, provide an additional heat source, and photovoltaic panels are located in the garden.

Thermafleece slabs with 85 per cent wool content, fitted within wall and roof cavities, offer insulation, while high-performance, vapour-resistant SIGA sealing tapes used on frame-and-panel joints and abutments within the external walls create a high level of airtightness.