Reeds Wood, Kent

This development in green belt land is designed in line with Paragraph 55 of the NPPF. The clients’ aspirations were to create a large internal space that has the feel of outdoors so they can experience nature all year round, opening out into the external landscaped areas. We developed a sustainability strategy that utilised the surroundings, producing heat from wood produced as part of a coppicing scheme for surrounding woodland. This is dried on site and chipped for use in a biomass boiler. The coppicing also provides benefits for wildlife. We worked closely with the architect, landscape architects and ecologist to align the strategy with the other project aspirations and to integrate sustainability in the design. We used dynamic thermal modelling to develop a natural ventilation strategy for the atrium space, utilising the stack effect. The dwelling meets Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5.


MKA Architects

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