What Is An Eco Friendly Home?
When it comes to building a home, one area to take into consideration, is how eco-friendly the property is going to be. An eco-friendly home, is one that is built with the idea of having a low impact and limiting damage to the environment. By having low carbon emissions and being self sufficient wherever possible in terms of heat and power, then the environment will benefit.
If you’re planning on building a new farmhouse then take the time to view a project we did all the way back in 2012.
The client wanted to upgrade an existing Farmhouse high in the Lake District. Pryce Building decided that the best course of action was to demolish the existing structure and start again on the existing footprint. With it being a very exposed site and no main services with was the best option.
Kirkby Lonsdale is located 1300 feet up in the Lake District and very exposed to the elements. The natural cause to action was to build a highly insulated property. Because of where the site was located we needed the new build to be as water tight as quickly as possible.
SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels) were the obvious choice. Because of the quick construction time the SIP structure could be up very quickly meaning the build could be water tight as soon as possible. Structurally Insulated Panels also provide excellent insulation. Visit our website for more information on the advantages of SIPs.
The building is completed with under floor heating and the property is also powered by solar panels located away from the house.
This was a truly great project to be a part of. If you’re interested in building a Farmhouse or a different property please visit our website SIPS@CLAYS. We’re always here to help so don’t be afraid to Contact Us.
New SIPS Clubhouse
This week is the start of this year’s Paralympic Games. We’ll all be watching closely willing our athletes on. Hoping they have the same success that we had in the Olympic Games.
But all these incredible athletes had to start somewhere, they weren’t born champions. Here at Clays we’re proud to have been part of the new Aire Valley Archers clubhouse. Aire Valley is double Paralympic Gold medallist Danielle Brown’s first club.
Passivhaus Home with SIPS
Here at Clays@SIPS we have been involved with an extremely exciting project. We have been working alongside Roger Tiffany ltd to produce a Passivhaus home in Hawksworth, Leeds. A Passivhaus home originates from Germany. For a Passivhaus home to be completed it must stick to extremely tight regulations, far superior to UK building regulations.
Mill View Barn
Great new for cyclists! The Mill View Barn website is now live and ready for bookings. Mill View Barn is an ideal location for cyclists looking for a weekend getaway. Here at Clays we are proud to have been involved with the project creating two beautiful barns all with the help from SIPs (Structurally Insulated Panels).
Read about an eco self build project we worked on in this month’s issue
The February issue of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine features a remarkable eco building project we worked on back in 2013. The brainchild of second-time self builders George and Sue Davies, Riseley eco cottage has already appeared on the Homebuilding & Renovating blog, which highlighted the benefits of structural insulated panels (SIPs) and their suitability for this unique project.
Selfbuilder & Homemaker: Ian Clay discusses the growing trend for SIPs in the UK self-build market
SIPs (structural insulated panels) have been used to build houses in the US for decades, but only recently have they started to catch on over this side of the pond. Driven predominantly by the self-build market, the use of SIPs in the UK construction sector is on the rise – and for good reason, says Ian Clay of SIPS@Clays.
Mr and Mrs Willis were looking for a cost-effective way to maximise living space in order to accommodate their daughter and her family. They settled on a SIPs conversion in and above the garage using the Kingspan TEK Building System, which would enable them to make the most of the roof space whilst minimising labour costs.
Register for two FREE tickets to this year’s show at Harrogate International Centre
Seeking inspiration for a self-build project? Want some advice on that dream remodel or extension? The Homebuilding & Renovating Show offers an invaluable experience for aspiring and seasoned self-builders alike, and in November it’s coming to Harrogate so if you live in the North, be sure not to miss out.
One of our projects has been featured on the Homebuilding & Renovating blog. The article highlights the benefits of SIPs with reference to an energy-efficient self build we worked on in Bedfordshire using the SIPs building system.
As part of a larger eco self-build project, George and Sue Davies were looking to install a 15m rear garage wall. The narrow plot adjoined their neighbours’ boundary, so it was essential that the build would cause minimal inconvenience and disruption whilst making the most of the available space.
We have recently finished work on a SIPs construction project for a self-build home on the edge of the small village of Duckington near Malpas, Cheshire. The roof went up last Wednesday, creating a virtually watertight structural shell that will maximise living space and enable self builders the Gidlows to make the most of their idyllic countryside views.
SIPS@Clays Advocates Fabric First Approach in March Issue of Housebuilder & Developer
The recent watering down of the Zero Carbon Policy highlights the government’s failure to recognise a more sustainable, more economically viable and fundamentally simpler alternative. The fabric first approach to construction offers a long-term solution for builders and developers looking to meet the new standard without having to rely on bolt-on technologies and carbon offsetting schemes.
SIPs Classroom on Track to be Erected Before Christmas
Situated in the picturesque Yorkshire Dales, Boyle & Petyt Primary School offers local children the opportunity to learn within an intimate classroom environment. The school was looking to extend this offering to younger children in the catchment area, and commissioned us to build a new classroom using SIPs (structural insulated panels).
A Look Back at Mark Brinkley’s Blog: Are These No Heat Homes?
Back in November 2007, Mark Brinkley, the author of the Housebuilder’s Bible, visited the Harrogate Homebuilding & Renovating Show. He bumped into Andy Porter of SIPS@Clays, who told him “we are building homes with no heating systems already!” Since the UK was and still is somewhat behind many of our neighbours in the construction of passive homes, this bold statement came as a surprise.
Trevor Routledge had always dreamed of building his own house. When he was just five years old, he promised his family that he would design a bungalow for them. In March 2012, inspired by self-build programmes like Grand Designs and My Flat Pack Home, he and his wife decided to make this dream a reality and set about designing and building a house in the garden.
One of our previous projects, a dramatic cantilevering barn in Stirlingshire, has been featured in Scotland’s bestselling home magazine Homes & Interiors. The self-build property, which overhangs a cliff, is a real feat of SIPs architecture and shows just how much can be achieved if you dare to be a little different.
Visit Us at the UK’s Biggest Self Building Show this Weekend
Ever been interested in building your own house? Looking for ideas, inspiration and advice? The Homebuilding & Renovating Show offers all these things – and many others besides. With products from over 250 local companies, 36 specialist masterclasses and eight daily seminars, you’ll be spoilt for choice at the UK’s biggest self building show, which comes to Harrogate International Centre between Friday 7th and Sunday 9th November.
How SIPs Were Used to Achieve a Unique and Highly Complex Structure
Back in 2011, Elspeth MacNaughton was looking to refurbish and extend an old 1950s farmhouse. Little did she know at the time that her vision would soon be transformed into an architectural pièce de résistance: a modern spiral house with a central top-lit ‘courtyard’.