A Sustainable Approach

Potter & Holmes excel in cutting-edge, low energy design on a broad range of projects including community, commercial & education buildings, housing developments, apartments and one-off, adaptable family homes.

We work closely with our clients to ensure their individual design is carefully tailored to meet their needs and to exceed their expectations. Our buildings strive to be high quality stimulating practical long term investments for the future.

Several of our houses have been built to meet the low energy targets the government intends to be standard in 2016.  More recently we have designed buildings to "Passive House" standards, the german standard with much higher aspirations for comfort and minimal energy consumption, which exceed the UK 2016 goals.

During the design process, we encourage our clients to consider the following for an overall environmental strategy (in order of priority):

  • Maximising thermal insulation to walls, windows & roofs
  • Designing for strategic solar gain
  • Minimising uncontrolled ventilation heat losses through detailing for air tightness
  • Minimising background and mechanical ventilation losses through heat recovery
  • Installation of renewable energy resources eg:
    • Solar water heating
    • Solar photovoltaics

Whilst we are "Certified Passive House Designers" and have considerable experience of low energy design, we acknowledge that a cost/benefit balance needs to be found when working with existing buildings.





Youngs Orchard

Young's Orchard is effectively the same house as May Lane but larger and a more simplified shape, with an extra bay which gives it an extra bedroom, larger kitchen and second garage in the basement.

The other half of the basement is a self-contained annex which is a multi-purpose, flexible space which can be used as an independent office, workshop, granny/nanny annex and in fact was converted by the client into a home cinema.

The house is clad in natural Cotswold stone with a reconstituted stone roof to meet the requirements of the planners.

The structure of this house is timber frame insulated with Warmercell recycled newspaper insulation, with double and triple height spaces as May Lane, but looking far more traditional on the outside.


Relevant Projects

Uplands Passive House

Dykewood Carbon Zero House