Taigh Sonas, Kippford

Clancy Consulting was commissioned to undertake full civil and structural engineering design services for a bespoke architectural dwelling house accessed off the main road into Kippford.

The intention was to create a contemporary house that responds to the slope of the site over three levels to capture scenic views, and in doing so being sustainable in its construction and having very low energy consumption.

The design uses lightweight but highly insulated steel and timber frame construction, clad in cedar weatherboarding at upper levels.

The house has Passiv Haus standards of insulation, minimises air infiltration heating, and uses an air source heat pump with a ‘whole house’ heat recovery ventilation system helping to reduce energy consumption.

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