Swimming Pool Acts as Thermal Storage in 17th Century Eco-Retrofit | Home Design Find

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Swimming Pool Acts as Thermal Storage in 17th Century Eco-Retrofit

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What a relief it would be, in Britain’s chilly winters, to immerse yourself in this cozy sunlit pool. But that’s not its only benefit. This warm pool is itself a part of an eco retrofit of a 400 year old dwelling.
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The bones of the ancient structure are preserved. But a 21st century life is possible inside this 17th century structure. The builder really stressed making the ancient building completely air-tight, because making any building totally air tight reduces energy consumption, far more so even than bulking up insulation.

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The radiant heating system, using circulating hot water, normally used only in flooring, is also even incorporated into some of these exterior walls.

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The builder installed an air system that completely changes the air in the property once every two hours – replacing the stale damp air with fresh, warmed, dry, filtered air. A heat exchange system uses the hot air going out to help pre-warm the fresh air that is brought in.

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Heat recovery ventilators change and filter the air every two hours. On some of the the roofs, solar tiles provide the electricity, and a rainwater harvesting system reduces water use.

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Twenty solar hot water panels feed hot water into an in-ground heat storage system for year-round energy supply and help the sun warm the pool through these huge South-facing windows.

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Water itself behaves like a thermal sink. By putting the indoor pool inside huge windows that soak up the sun, the pool itself becomes a part of the warming system for the entire 21st century eco-castle. Mmmmm… I love it!

Source: Barnsley Hill Farm
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3 Comments so far to “Swimming Pool Acts as Thermal Storage in 17th Century Eco-Retrofit”
  1. Climate-Friendly Sunken Pool Converts into Radiant Floor | Home Design Find Says:

    […] floors or the use of thermal mass is climate-friendly design because of the  slow release of warmth – reducing energy needs for […]

  2. Libby Says:

    I love this home!
    Only bummer is all the glass,fingerprints galore if you have little ones or company over with children.

  3. Jessica Janes Says:

    Who knew you could make a 400 year old building eco friendly? The successful design combination of the old and new is amazing. Great job.

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