Crossway Passivhaus

Kent, England – Richard Hawkes

Built area: 278 m2 (3,000 sq. ft.)
Year built: 2009

With it’s 20 metre, arched, grass covered roof, newspaper, car tires and crushed bottles mixed into the lime mortar used to finish the interior and bricks kilned just four miles from the building site, this home was designed to embody the lowest possible level of construction energy.  Wanting a low-cost home with a small footprint, Hawkes kept finding more ways to make the certified Passivhaus even more sustainable than he originally envisioned.

Crossway Passivhaus
Crossway Passivhaus


Even the roof design, a timbrel vault that follows a parabola, requires no added support thereby further reducing material use. But while the roof may use 14th century roof technology, the interior is all high-tech materials and equipment that helped the Crossway House become England’s first certified Passive House.

The home combines photovoltaic and thermal solar systems as well as a biomass boiler to supply ample energy and heating. Triple glazing and a heat recovery ventilation program further enhance the home’s overall comfort while the super insulation ensures the home is comfortable even on the hottest English day.

The home is light, bright, aesthetically pleasing and as ‘green’ as a home can be. Even so, it was built within a budget comparable to that required to build a conventional home of comparable size. And then there are the lifetime energy savings….

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