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Knight’s House, 45-47 Cheval Place, London, SW

'fabric first' approach 

Knight’s House, 45-47 Cheval Place, London SW7 is a distinctive new build development by internationally renowned luxury property developer, Finchatton. Eight Associates acted as sustainability advisor and assessor on the three apartment project, undertaking energy modelling and ecology services. With an ambitious sustainability target from the outset, the design team followed a ‘fabric first’ approach so that the fabric energy efficiency of the building, averaged across all dwellings, is less than 48 kWh per square metre per year. The development achieved Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and a 34% improvement above Part L 2010 regulations.

The energy strategy initially focused on implementing passive design measures to minimise energy demand for heating. Heating and direct hot water is provided via a community-heating scheme utilising high efficiency gas-boilers. A Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery system ensures optimal air quality. High efficiency monocrystalline PV panels are installed on the roof to provide electricity to the development.

The commitment to sustainability imbues every detail of the project. Concrete and steel for the site is procured from suppliers who hold environmental management system certification and FSC certified timber is used throughout. Daylighting and sound insulation met or exceeded the minimum local council planning requirements. Windows are a combination of double and triple glazed aluminium with applied heat films to ensure optimum comfort. Energy display devices are provided to each occupant to allow for real-time monitoring of heating and electricity usage. Space lighting within the communal areas is dedicated energy efficient, with time switches and motion detectors. Internal water use is restricted through water efficient sanitary ware, while eco-labelled A+ rated appliances are used throughout. Bins for separation of recyclables are provided, as is safe and secure cycle storage compliant with the Code for Sustainable Homes requirements.

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