Preston Springs Passivhaus

Built in the stunning countryside of North Yorkshire, there is a family home that offers so much more to the owners and their children than just a place to live. And, perfectly matching the traditional style of housing in the local area, Preston Springs Passivhaus became one of the standout projects of 2017 for the JD Joinery team.


Preston Springs Passivhaus is the second JD Joinery project to be given Passivhaus certification and is one of the only properties of its type in the local area.


The relative difficulty of achieving Passivhaus certification goes some way to highlighting the hidden complexities involved in constructing a property such as Preston Springs Passivhaus, where the traditional stone and slate exterior hides a home light-years ahead of its time in terms of comfort, air quality and reduced energy use.


Using construction skills sharpened over the course of several challenging residential schemes, the team have once again collaborated with architect and leading Passivhaus specialist, Mark Siddall from LEAP [] to ensure Preston Springs Passivhaus met the exacting standards of the client.


It’s worth knowing that Passivhaus schemes are different to standard low-energy homes in that absolutely every element of the design is geared towards minimising unnecessary heat loss. No stone is left unturned. Every conventional assumption is challenged.


That’s why, under the guidance of Mark Siddall and his design vision, Preston Springs Passivhaus is a property which set out to achieve the excellence in both design and construction.


Of course, to create an exemplary home that requires 90% less space heating than the national average home, only the very best workmanship will do. Nothing testifies to outstanding skills and high standards of workmanship more than the most challenging aspect of Passivhaus construction – the demanding airtightness requirements.


You’d never know by looking at the house, but behind the attractive stone exterior and large picture windows the unassuming design masks one of the more remarkable elements of the building. Namely that Preston Springs Passivhaus is 32 times more airtight than Building Regulations require. What does this mean? If you were to gather all the leaks into one place, the leakage area is about the size of half a beer mat.


Reducing air leakage improves comfort and dramatically reduces the need for heating. But it doesn’t stop there. This extraordinary house also features a small 4 kWp photovoltaic array that is used to run appliances and charge the electric car. The combination of the photovoltaic array and everything that goes into making a Passivhaus, means the house has also achieved Zero Carbon status.


The client has now moved into the property and will complete the landscaping in 2018. With an already enviable position in the countryside, Preston Springs Passivhaus will no doubt stand the test of time as a home of the future in a place of truly natural beauty.


The construction of high quality eco homes has become a specialist area for the JD team over the past five years and to date, the team has worked on a large number of low-energy homes both as new build projects and in a retrofit capacity.


For more information on how JD Joinery can help construct your new home, please contact 01670 733 233 or email