REHAU’s AGILA doors were recently chosen to provide a warm welcome for 12 affordable homes in Shropshire.
The Callaughtons Ash scheme, a Passivhaus development in Much Wenlock, has been built on behalf of South Shropshire Housing Association for tenants with a local connection to the town.
The highly sustainable scheme was designed by architecture firm, Architype. Paul Neep, Associate at Architype, comments: “South Shropshire Housing Association wanted homes which would work in harmony with their surroundings, so they would need less mechanical heating, cooling and lighting and therefore be more cost effective to run for their low-income tenants.”
Architype used a natural palette of materials for the timber-framed houses, so the development would blend effortlessly with its surroundings, and used locally sourced, sustainable products where possible.
Paul continues: “To achieve the Passivhaus standard, we needed doors which had a triple glazed panel for maximum energy efficiency, but more importantly, we needed a door which would meet the rigorous threshold criteria.”
Under the Passivhaus standard guidelines, thresholds need to offer level access for accessibility yet provide a heat-proof seal to ensure warm and cold air is not able to flow under the door.
Paul explains: “We spoke to REHAU about the AGILA doors and were really pleased with the offer. The doors would meet the Passivhaus specification with ease, plus they were more attractive than the door we had been looking to use, which was a bonus. We went with the grey finish, which really lifts the quality of the finished home and also ties in with the materials palette we used on the rest of the design. We are so pleased with the doors, we will definitely consider them again for other projects.”
In total, 24 AGILA Passivhaus doors were manufactured for the Much Wenlock project by REHAU authorised partner GRM. Based on the GENEO® system, the doors can achieve a possible Ud value of 0.7 W/m2K, ensuring they meet the exceptionally high-efficiency standards demanded by the Passivhaus Trust.
Created in partnership with suppliers Roedenburg, the AGILA Passivhaus doors come in a range of contemporary and stylish designs and can be customised with GRP overlay skins in a range of colours and finishes using either foils or Acryl II colour coating. The doors were very successfully fitted at the scheme by local contractors SJ Roberts Construction Ltd.
Malcolm Taylor, Product Manager from REHAU, comments: “As a company with German heritage and influence, the Passivhaus concept is something that REHAU was always destined to embrace. We have a market-leading range of door and window systems approved for Passivhaus builds and will continue to develop new energy and resource efficient solutions for customers who want to maximise the sustainability of their buildings without compromising on style or functionality.”
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