Part 1: Obtaining planning approval in Green Belt and AONB for a new Self-Build Passivhaus dwelling
Amanda Henderson of Hetreed Ross Architects shares her experience…
The Route to Approval for a self-build Passivhaus in Green Belt
Volume is key
Time and Bat Surveys
Winning support with Contemporary Design
Our planning approval came with a condition that the building is designed to achieve “a level of energy performance at or equivalent to Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes”, I am not sure what that is going to mean to us as the Code is withdrawn and “equivalent … energy performance”? I will need to understand what is meant by that, the Code uses SAP as a calculation method which is nothing like as accurate/rigorous as the Passivhaus PHPP method for energy performance (in my humble opinion) so hopefully it will be a walk in the park…
Next steps for the self-build passivhaus project which I will share in upcoming blogs
- What materials shall I use?
- How will I build it?
- Investigating mortgages for self-builds.
- Who will I appoint to help me?
- Will I need to put in a new planning application or revise the one I have as the scheme develops?
- Challenges of designing to Passivhaus principles on this project. Building warranties?
- ….and much more besides…