Grocott and Murfit Ltd, a building company based in Fakenham, has received a number of prestigious awards for its outstanding workmanship in the design and building of a bungalow in Oaks Close, Swaffham.
Lime Tree Lodge was constructed according to precise Passivhaus standards, which call for buildings to be completely airtight with mechanical ventilation and first-rate thermal performance. The standardss, which were developed back in the 1990s in Germany, can be applied to all types of buildings, from private homes to industrial complexes.
The bungalow was designed and constructed to complement the nearby presence of a huge lime tree, which provides shade to prevent summertime overheating while permitting winter sun to provide gentle solar heat. The same tree also provided the building with its name.
For Grocott and Murfit, it was their first project with a Passivhaus design. The firm, which is located in Clipbush Business Park in Fakenham, was founded in 2007 by Daniel Groco and Jody Murfit. Parsons and Whittley were the project architects.
The building was chosen as this year’s winner of the Best Individual New Home in the East Anglia division of the Local Authority Building Control Building Excellence Award. In November it will compete in the grand finals in London.
The Norfolk Association of Architects also honoured Lime Tree Lodge with a 2016 Craftmanship Award.
Both Daniel Groco and Jody Murfit have Passivhaus accreditation thanks to a dedicated training course. Mr Groco said that Passivhaus buildings feature superior comfort levels and are constructed according to higher levels of specification. Temperature remains constant all year round. There is scrupulous attention to detail and plenty of testing to ensure compliance.