Kent low energy buildings

Kent low energy buildings


Canterbury Climate Action Partnership database of low energy buildings in Canterbury and beyond. A wide range of buildings is covered, from extensions to new houses and refurbishments, with the aim of demonstrating how to achieve sustainable low energy buildings now, and prove that we can construct to zero carbon standards with today’s technology. If you would like to feature your building on this website, please contact

Whole house retrofit

A strange workshop with flats above converted into a super low energy open plan family home with amazing views over the south downs and the Channel, triple glazing, external wall insulation, solar shading. Designed by Conker Conservation.

Straw bale self sufficient self build house

Spiral shaped straw bale house in High Halden, largely self built but with help from local crafts. Triple glazed windows, full ventilation system with heat recovery. Heated by a single wood stove. Lots of recycled materials ussed. Self sufficient in electricity using PV and aqueous batteries. Reed bed sewage treatment. A true inspiration for low-impact self builders.

Low energy retrofit and extension

A former 1960’s bungalow in a flood zone. Floors raised by 400mm for flood resilience. Granny annexed added on the side, and a whole new storey added using Passivhaus principles for all new components. Remainder of existing house completely refurbished. Designed by Conker Conservation.

Two new urban passivhauses

Replacement of 1950s house with two striking contemporary passivhauses, designed and constructed by Haus. Largely prefabricated in Germany including concrete basement panels. One property can be rented, if you would like a passivhaus experience in Canterbury.

Huda Elsherif on sustainability in Sudan

Huda Elsherif, PhD student at the University of Kent School of Architecture and Planning, is undertaking research project on sustainability in Sudan. Her research focuses on the cultural factors that have been driving energy use in Sudanese housing. She explores how far the impact of a dash towards air-conditioning could be counteracted through increased fabric efficiency in buildings. Her research is undertaken under the supervision of Professor Henrik Schoenefeldt and Professor Marialena Nikolopoulou and is funded through a grant from the Global Change Research Fund.

Victorian Terraced House light refurbishment

The Gardens Deep Thermal Retrofit

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