River Studio EnerPHit

Kingspan UNIDEK aero and TEK Cladding Panel have helped to breathe new life into a run-down, asbestos clad barn, creating a stunning architectural studio which meets the exacting requirements of the Passivhaus EnerPHit standard.

The Project

The repurposed barn, dubbed the River Studio after the River Avon which borders the site, is now almost unrecognisable from its former use as an engineering workshop.

The original asbestos cladding was stripped back and delivery partners Lowfield Timber Frames designed and installed Kingspan UNIDEK aero and the Kingspan TEK Cladding Panel externally on to the existing steel frame.

With a specific energy demand of just 18 kWh/m²yr, the completed studio far surpasses the level of performance required by the EnerPHit standard (25 kWh/m²yr).

Kingspan TEK Cladding Panel, Unidek Aero, Kooltherm K3 and Thermawall TW55
Sjölander da Cruz Architects
Delivery Partner:
Lowfield Timber Frames
Additional Information:
Passivhaus EnerPHit
The Kingspan TEK Building System and UNIDEK aero were installed by delivery partners, Lowfield Timber Frames, as part of the pitched roof and wall build-ups. The products delivered the required thermal performance with a reduced thickness compared with traditional construction methods, ensuring that teaching space was maximised within the extension.
We have pushed energy efficiency in all our previous work and the River Studio offered us a unique opportunity to design and monitor an EnerPHit building. Constructing around the existing frame presented us with several design challenges and we needed a building envelope solution which would allow us to preserve internal space whilst also meeting the EnerPHit performance requirements. Having worked extensively with structural insulated panels in the past, Kingspan UNIDEK aero and the Kingspan TEK Cladding Panel were the natural choice.

Marco da Cruz - Director, Sjölander da Cruz
The Kingspan TEK Building System and UNIDEK aero are comprised of structural insulated panels which were pre-cut offsite to the project’s requirements by Lowfield Timber Frames, ensuring a smooth, predictable erection program with minimal site waste.

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