Timber frame, Strawbale infill Office HQ

Client: Mosscliff Environmental Ltd

Operating nationwide, Mosscliff Environmental Ltd is a renowned market leader in supply and installation of renewable energy systems, including wind turbines, solar PV and biomass boilers, they approached Cave to design them an office that reflected their sustainable ethos and could cope with their rapidly growing team.

Cave designed a super efficient, simple two storey timber frame structure to be infilled with strawbale walls to provide ‘U’ values of up to 0.13W/m2K. The walls with be clad with a mixture of timber weatherboarding and lime render with lime plaster internally. The main roof will house a full solar PV array as well as living roofs on the smaller roof sections. The building will need minimal heating, but for those cold winter days there is underfloor heating powered by a biomass boiler. The roof will also be used to harvest rainwater to flush toilets and irrigate landscaping. The South facade has a beautiful solar shade to keep the offices cool in the summer but allow warming winter sun in.

This project has been approved in planning and is scheduled to go on site summer 2014. We’ll keep you posted on the progress!

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