Autonomous House, Peebleshire

Planning Permission Granted for Autonomous House in the Scottish Borders

Wed 08 April 2009

Jefcoate Anderson Architects has received planning permission for the conversion of an existing stone bothy to form a new autonomous house near West Linton, Peebleshire.
The house is off grid and so will have electricity supplied by a 2.5kW wind turbine. This is turn will be backed up by an on site Combined Heat and Power plant. 
Waste water will be dealt with via a new reed bed system allowing septic tank effluent to be cleaned and dispersed in the immediate vicinity.
Building materials are to be locally sourced and of low embodied energy wherever possible.  Sheeps wool insulation and timber cladding will be used in the new wall constructions whilst Scandinavian Glu-lam beams will form the barrel vault roof.
Glazing has been orientated towards the south to allow for the views accross the Pentland and to allow for free heating via a passive solar gain strategy.
When completed, the property will be available for short term holiday lets.

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