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Ecospheric is proud to lead the market in sustainable development in the built environment. Our developments include the first EnerPHit Plus home in Europe and the first zero waste and zero energy food hall. We specialise in Passivhaus retrofit and design with a decade of experience advising on period properties, Paragraph 79, passivhaus social housing and commercial properties. Our sister company, Ecospheric Windows and Doors is a supplier of energy efficient glazing and is the first company to make Passivhaus standard stained glass windows.

Zetland Passive House

These two semi-detached homes are Europe’s first Passivhaus Plus retrofits. This exemplar project has achieved a 95% reduction in space heating demand with zero energy bills. The project goes beyond Passivhaus by minimising embodied carbon and using only natural building materials to achieve a petrochemical-free, breathable building fabric. Incorporating 8 world first technologies/methodologies, this was truly a laboratory for domestic retrofit.

Sorting Office Food Hall

Levenshulme’s former Royal Mail sorting office is pegged to be the world’s first zero energy, zero waste food hall, grocers/deli and brewery. The retrofit will sympathetically retain period features of this local landmark while upgrading both the building fabric and introduce a novel energy generation and storage solution. The solar PV array is already producing enough power to make the construction process carbon negative. There will be seating for approximately 110 people with additional beer garden seating for 50 more.

Paragraph 79 Passivhaus, County Durham

A unique family home which takes inspiration from the historic fortified houses (Pele Towers) and solitary stone barns of the North East. This new build Passivhaus will be constructed using locally quarried natural stone, sustainably sourced timber, and solar PV roofing slates. Planning permission has been granted under Paragraph 79 of the National Planning Policy Framework to deliver a Near Zero Energy (NZEB) and certified Passivhaus. The house is on track to set a new standard for rural sustainable building design in Durham, demonstrating how contemporary architecture can be regionally specific, historically influenced, and low carbon in construction and operation.

Kit Knowles
Ben Riddle
Technical Director, Passivhaus Consultant
Russell Selby
Site Manager, Passivhaus Designer