A pair of modern vernacular, 'healthy' semi-detached homes.

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Wolves in sheep's clothing.

This pair of semi-detached houses mirrors the built form of the adjacent Edwardian semis, but implements modern methods of construction, contemporary detailing, materials, components and ventilation.

The use of a factory-produced Structurally Insulated Panels system (SIPs), together with careful design detailing and installation of finishes resulted in very low air permeability test results. A Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery System (MVHR) provides fresh air 24/7 into all habitable room areas. Dirty air and moist warm air are extracted, incoming fresh air runs across a heat exchanger and, when required, fresh warm air is returned to the rooms.

A simple conventional gas boiler provides under-floor heating to the ground floor, radiators on the first floor, and hot water.

The mixture of clay brick slips, modern through colour monocouche render, cedar boarding and aluminium rainwater goods, together with careful detailing, produces a contemporary twist on a traditional form.

The Rooks Lane site before development.