Rotpunkt Low Carbon Kitchen Project by John Willox Design
Rotpunkt, leading designer and manufacturer of climate friendly German Kitchen furniture support luxury kitchen showroom, John Willox Design in taking a low carbon approach to home architecture as it recently completes a sustainable newbuild property on a site previously used as farmland.
Together with Mr Ryan Urquhart, the homeowner and architect on this project, former agricultural land has been sensitively repurposed into a modern newbuild property that promotes the use of renewable energy sources and virtues of low carbon living. Joanna Dereniowska, Showroom Manager at John Willox Design explains, “For me, this has been a highlight of my design career to date, given the huge importance on green living and how society is making changes to help protect the environment. We knew they wanted a modern, industrial-style kitchen with an emphasis on low carbon products to help both home and daily life run more efficiently. Our go-to climate friendly furniture of choice is by Rotpunkt, and we recommended the Zerox FM door in Carbon: a fine matt dark grey finish. Plus, standard features include a range of integrated LED light options, which are compatible with today’s smart home systems so the homeowner can fully automate the property to further optimise the homes energy consumption.”
Matt Phillips, Head of UK Operations, Rotpunkt says, “Mindful consumerism continues to be a priority for anyone seeking to make a difference and address climate change in the home, with big ticket items like the kitchen helping to reduce environmental impact and promote a greener way of life. I think this project shows that you can now be design-forward while being kind to the planet, reducing a property’s carbon footprint without compromising on style and performance. Our climate-friendly furniture is just one element of this low carbon home that is sustainable by design, and we are blown away by the attention to detail and specialist understanding shown once again by Joanna and the team at John Willox Design.”
The Kitchen vs. Eco-credentials:
= Kitchen cost £25,000+vat (supply only)
This former brownfield site was constructed as sustainably as possible to create a green living environment that lends itself to a low carbon lifestyle. From repurposing old concepts and preserving existing architectural elements through to the introduction of climate-friendly materials and energy saving product solutions, this home is green to the core. The inclusion of an air source heat pump provides an efficient heat and hot water system, and when combined with the Mechanical Ventilation and Heat Recovery system, the entire home benefits from a constant supply of fresh air that is warmed and circulated as needed. The property’s Insulated Concrete Formwork also provides complete thermal insulation to the walls of the finished building to achieve an overall air tightness of 2.67 W/m2K.
For optimum control, efficiency levels and solar gains, this low carbon smart home provides automation of the heating, lighting and blinds, which over time will start to work intuitively by becoming attuned to the home’s day to day behaviour. The blinds will react to the time of day and/or weather, the heating can be controlled remotely or via an App, and the lights are fitted with specialist dimmers enabling the bulb to run at 85% capacity without impact to room visibility.