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Front view of the apartments: “Dug Wilders Photography”

SCHÖCK ISOKORB FOR SEAFRONT PASSIVE HOUSE AWARD WINNER Seaton Beach Apartments in Devon is the first UK multi-residential development to be certified as passive house plus. Some claim that passive house standard is easier to achieve with simpler, box-like forms, resulting in finished buildings being aesthetically limited – but this is certainly not the case here. A little design ingenuity and the use of Schöck Isokorb thermal breaks, has enabled generous sea-facing balconies with sweeping curves to create a striking finish. Seaton may be a traditional Devon The Isokorb used on the project

seaside resort town, but there is nothing traditional about the eye-catching new passive house development right on the seafront. Seaton Beach Apartments is an innovative, award-winning, new development of seven luxury two-bedroom beachfront apartments, complete with a three bedroom penthouse – and is the first multi-residential development in the UK to be certified as passive house plus. Which means it is not only able to meet the ultra-low energy fabric requirement, but also generates renewable energy. The project can also boast ‘best sustainable

residential development in the UK’ from the International Property Awards. Initially though, the original architectural design was not to passive house standard. However, the developer recognised that the south-facing orientation and form factor would make it possible to reach the necessary standard. Architects Gale and Snowden, who have helped stimulate the trend for larger scale passive house projects in the region, were brought in at this point to develop the initial detailed designs and oversee the construction. The ground floor is concrete, with a monolithic clay block construction used from the first to third floors and timber frame for the penthouse. Combined with high-performance external render and internal plaster, the result is an entirely mineral hygroscopic wall buildup, which helps to regulate humidity and provide a healthy and comfortable internal environment.

Uses 90% less energy than a typical new build Other features of the construction include low electromagnetic field wiring arrangements and a highly efficient mechanical ventilation system with heat recovery. Complete with an exhaust air heat pump for hot water supply.

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The publication provides an extensive look at breaking news, analysis, features, projects, product launches, discussions and interviews from...