• Echo Barn brise soleil detail image. Echo Barn is a large Para 55 family home in Biddenden - Kent. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.
  • Echo Barn brise soleil. Echo Barn is a Para 55 family home in Biddenden - Kent. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.
  • Aerial view of Echo Barn under construction. Echo Barn is a large Para 55 family home in Biddenden - Kent. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.
  • Echo Barn plan drawings. Echo Barn is a large Para 55 family home in Biddenden - Kent. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.
  • External brise soleil being completed at Echo Barn, a large Para 55 family home in Biddenden - Kent. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.
  • Echo Barn profile render. Echo Barn is a large Para 55 family home in Biddenden - Kent. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.
  • Aerial view of Echo Barn, a large Para 55 family home in Biddenden - Kent. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.
  • Architects render of the completed entrance to Echo Barn, a large Para 55 family home in Biddenden - Kent. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.
  • Timber frame drawings of Echo Barn, a large Para 55 family home in Biddenden - Kent. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.
  • Echo Barn architects render. Echo Barn is a large Para 55 family home in Biddenden - Kent. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.
  • Landscaping at Echo Barn, a large Para 55 family home in Biddenden - Kent. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.
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  • Echo Barn architects planning render. Echo Barn is a large Para 55 family home in Biddenden - Kent. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.
  • Mathmatical tiles being installed at Echo Barn, a large Para 55 family home in Biddenden - Kent. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.
  • Rear elevation of Echo Barn, a large Para 55 family home in Biddenden - Kent. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.
  • Driveway landscaping being completed at Echo Barn, a large Para 55 family home in Biddenden - Kent. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.
Echo Barn, a Para 55 family home in Biddenden - Kent. Designed by Hawkes Architecture, this energy efficient timber-frame passive house utilizes the very latest renewable technology.

Echo Barn  Para 55

Completed in 2017 this large family home, adjacent to listed farm buildings, was built on a disused agricultural plot in the Kent countryside. The veil of louvres wrap around the main house and give the sense that this may still be an agricultural barn.

Two single storey timber and mathematical tiled barns define a public courtyard on entering the site and a private courtyard on the south east side of the house.

The PV-T panel mounted on the roof harness solar energy as electricity and heat. The heat is extracted and dumped beneath the Para 55 building into the Earth Energy Bank, inter seasonal heat store which will heat the house during the winter months.

The electricity is used on site and stored in a battery to be used during peak hours in the evening.

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Data

  • Location: Biddenden
  • Planning Authority: Ashford BC
  • Consent: Granted 2014
  • Type of Project: Para 55 New Build
  • Build Program: 12 Months
  • Gross Internal Floorspace: 327m²
  • Cost: £1m
  • Status: Completed 2017

Technology

  • 6 kW Photo-voltaic thermal system
  • MVHR heat recovery ventilation system
  • 20 kW Biomass boiler
  • Earth energy bank (EEB) inter-seasonal heat store
  • Water to water heat pump
  • 5 kW heat exchanger
  • Immersun
  • 220v Voltage optimisation
  • Joule thermal store
  • Triple glazed
  • LED lighting throughout

Facts

  • Passive solar design
  • Super insulated (300mm thick) timber frame building
  • U-values of 0.12 W/M²K
  • Locally sourced materials
  • Airtight = 0.6 air changes/hour @50pa
  • 24 kWh/m² annum heat load
  • 80 kWh/m² primary energy consumption
  • EPC: A/A
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The team at Hawkes Architecture were a joy to work with, guiding us through every step of the build process. An exciting journey!

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