Sustainable, Contemporary New Build Development, Lambourn, West Berks – Our brief was to create a racing establishment to train racehorses, including a trainer’s house, jockey’s accommodation, stables and administration offices.
The site is set in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and overlooks a rolling hillside. The trainer’s house within the main building is completely unique in design and character with a cathedral like entrance hall running through the house and a winged staircase made of high quality oak.
The development was designed in response to the site and the path of the sun. The house has large areas of glazing to capture the breath-taking views beyond.
To meet modern sustainability and low energy requirements the main building is connected to a shallow trench ground source heat pump which harnesses energy from surrounding fields. The building was also specified with photo-voltaic cells and has a high thermal efficiency rating.
A Biodigester was installed as they are superb solutions for rural homes. The biodigester system utilises organic waste, particularly animal and human excreta, to produce fertiliser and biogas. A biodigester consists of an airtight, high-density polyethylene container within which excreta diluted in water flow continuously and are fermented by microorganisms present in the waste. The fermentation process is anaerobic, i.e., it takes place without oxygen, and the bacteria responsible for decomposition are methanogenic (i.e., they produce methane, also known as biogas). The processed manure is an organic, pathogen-free fertiliser that is rich in nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. The products are primarily for self-consumption on farms.
A ground source heat pump was just one of the natural renewable sustainable resources installed at our Berkshire New Build Home and Stable Yard Project.
Ground source heat pumps use solar heat that has been absorbed by the ground or air, which is transferred (pumped) and used to heat up residential or commercial buildings. Heat pumps are also effective for heating water. The technology used is similar to that of a refrigerator only this time the end result is heat instead of cold air.
In the case of a ground source heat pump, the energy comes from passing a glycol/water mix through pipework buried in the ground. The temperature of the earth tends to be very stable 1m deep, and there is minimal variation in this temperature across the seasons. The fluid in the pipework absorbs energy from its surroundings and delivers this to the heat pump within the property, where it is used in the process described in the earlier paragraph. After the energy has been given off to the heat pump the cooled fluid passes back into the pipework to collect more heat.
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