The Coventry ECO House project was a collaborative, learning legacy project which aimed to develop and demonstrate local capability for the design, build and operation of sustainable homes.
The project consists of two detached homes. It was first conceived and subsequently led by the local Forum for Constructing Excellence (FORCE). Other partners involved with the project include Orbit Homes, Coventry City Council, Coventry University, Coventry City College and Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce.
FORCE members and local contractors were employed on the project team wherever this was feasible. Furthermore, open days and tours of the site were held during construction, so that the wider local supply chain could learn from the experience of the project team.
The Coventry ECO House project won the UK Passivhaus Award 2014 (Cost & Build-ability category).
Location: John Rous Avenue, Coventry, UK
Construction period: 30 weeks
Primary Energy Demand: 107 kWh/m².a
Heating Demand: 12 kWh/m².a
Construction Cost: £1147/m²
Heating & Cooling Load: 10 W/m², no cooling
Air pressure result: 0.54 ach @50Pa
Ventilation strategy: Genvex A/S GES Energy Opt100
Heating strategy: Vokera Linea One condensing gas boiler, supplying two towel radiators and domestic hot water cylinder.
U values: Ground floor: 0.07 W/m²K, Walls: 0.08 W/m²K, Roof: 0.08 W/m²K, Windows: 0.75 W/m²K
Client: Orbit Homes & FORCE
Passivhaus Consultant: Encraft
Architect (pre-tender design): Vagdia & Holmes and Callingham Associates
Architect (as built design): ASD Architecture
Developer: Beattie Passive