Constructing Excellence National Awards 2011, Innovation Category, Finalist


The Larch House was recognised for its groundbreaking innovation at the Constructing Excellence Wales Awards 2011 in Cardiff in July 2011 by winning the Innovation Award category which acknowledges the bravery of the project to create a unique building which leads the way in zero carbon low cost construction in housing.

All winners from the Constructing Excellence Wales Awards were automatically shortlisted for the Constructing Excellence National Awards which took place in November.

The innovation award is about getting away from the idea that we should continue to do what we have always done, because we feel comfortable with it. It is about developing new solutions to the problems we encounter and achieving an innovative solution which enhances the value of the finished product, without increasing the risks associated with it. It will highlight innovation in finding technical or environmental solutions and overcoming problems within a project or process.

The judges said “the Larch House totally challenges normal housing conventions with a plethora of new solutions that caught our imagination.” There is a huge amount for the industry to learn from Passivhaus and the judges commented that the implications of it are potentially groundbreaking.