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Pull House, Vermont

Pull House is an investigation of passivhaus low-energy standards in an architecture of contemporary aesthetic concerns. The difficulty of Vermont's climate (which is more extreme than the UK) and adapting to local context were important design considerations.

The low U values of a passivhaus were achieved using a SIPs (Structural Insulated Panel) prefabricated system new to the UK but which has been tested in the USA over the last 20 years. Working closely with a local US fabricator Christopher Procter developed a series of specific solutions for more complex geometry of a system used normally for mass housing or regular form.

The Pull House was a finalist for the Grand Design Awards International House in 2010. It has been published in Building Design magazine (10 September 2010) as well as several books: 100 Country Houses: New Rural Architecture (2009), The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century Architecture (2008) and Strike a Pose: Eccentric Architecture and Spectacular Spaces (2008).