Our idea is to create an outward-looking house on an inward-looking site.
The overall intention is to create a piece of inhabited landscape that respects the views and privacy from neighbours homes, but also creates new beautiful spaces within the plot, at the same time as creating a comfortable home with almost no net annual carbon footprint. The Hocking house could set new standards for building in the South Downs National Park, and provide a future-proofed lifetime home close to the town centre.
Carbon footprint – on balance the new home should generate as much electricity as it uses over a year. In the summer the Hocking house may export electricity to the National Grid, and import from the grid in winter. Battery storage limiting electricity export to the grid will be installed if required. It is anticipated that the use of local or UK bulk low embodied CO2 materials will be offset by a modest surplus of renewable energy harvested each year. Over the lifetime of the building, we anticipate the entire home having a net zero-carbon footprint.