Portree Passivhaus: A self-build mission to create an energy efficient home

Life & Soul Magazine

Self-building some of the UK’s most energy efficient homes appears to be a mission of couple Mike Coe and Lizzie Stoodley.

Known for building one of the UK’s most energy-efficient homes, The Cropthorne Autonomous House, the couple have now moved from the autonomous house in Worcestershire to their latest project – a new ultra low-energy self-build house on the Isle of Skye.

The driving force for the design of couple’s first self-build, The Cropthorne Autonomous House, was that the house should have minimal impact on the environment and should obtain everything it needs from the land around it. Hence the house has neither mains drainage nor mains water; it is instead equipped with a rainwater harvesting system and composting toilets.

The house, which was constructed in 1994 using the Passivhaus Planning Package, cost under £155,000 to build. Passivhaus buildings provide a high level of comfort for occupants while using very little energy for heating and…

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