21.03.2022

Planning Granted for 4 operationally Net-Zero houses in the Hertfordshire Green Belt

We are extremely pleased to have gained approval for St Lawrence. Yet another exceptional scheme which sings loudly of the company’s ethos surrounding sustainability.

The development involves the bespoke design of four Passivhaus standard family homes for individuals of the same family, with a shared subterranean pavilion, all in the Hertfordshire Green Belt. Our core design was borne from the sites topography, ensuring amongst other key design drivers that we minimised excavation works, ultimately reducing the carbon footprint of the proposal.

The overall concept is unique to the site and will exist in harmony with the locality, using innovative engineering systems to harness the natural energy provided by nature. The scheme includes ground source heat pumps and photovoltaic panels, a rainwater harvesting system which will gather rainwater from the roofs and site, storing it within an underground tank to be used for the flushing of wc’s, watering the garden and car washing, and the excess will be directed to the retention ponds to the lower part of the site.

Our design combines traditional and modern seamlessly, using traditional materials in a contemporary way so the proposal remains familiar to its verdant surroundings but still stands in its uniqueness.

St Lawrence for us is a reminder of the exceptional sustainable standards which are possible.

  • 22.12.2021

    Planning granted for an exceptional Net Zero home within the Conservation Area and Green Belt

    We are ecstatic to have received planning approval for our project Mulberry. A truly exceptional scheme and one that signifies the practice’s creativity, expertise and ambition. We proposed that the existing house was demolished as its construction was poor …

    Planning granted for an exceptional Net Zero home within the Conservation Area and Green Belt
  • 08.11.2021

    Clear Architects become de-carbonising pioneers

    Clear Architects has become a Climeworks Pioneer, responsible for permanently removing 255kg of carbon dioxide (CO2 emissions) from the air each year. Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, humanity has emitted approximately 2,000 billion tons of CO₂ equivalents. …

    Clear Architects become de-carbonising pioneers
  • 07.07.2021

    Planning Granted for a Sustainable House in New Forest National Park

    Delighted to have received planning approval today for our project Mole End. We proposed that the existing house was demolished as its construction was poor quality, not allowing us to improve its thermal performance as well as a mix of …

    Planning Granted for a Sustainable House in New Forest National Park
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