Case Study

Passivhaus self build ticks all the boxes

Architect and homeowner, Jon Chadwick, embarked on his self-build journey in 2015 when he decided to build a Passivhaus home for his family. On his mission to create a unique dream home, Jon turned to a trusted partner, British Gypsum.

Creating a dream home - the challenge

As well as benefiting from the added user comfort that a Passivhaus provides, Jon and his family also wanted to ensure that they tailored the interior of their new home to suit their busy family lifestyle.

Finding the solution - a caring partner and quality products

From needing tranquil places to relax in or fun places to play in, the British Gypsum ThistlePro range would create an interior space that the family could flourish in. Advised by British Gypsum, and working together on the installation, the project utilised robust, long-lasting plaster products and the result was a space made out of collaboration and care.

Jon commented: “Having worked with British Gypsum extensively on numerous projects during my career, I have always been provided with good support in product specification and the technical aspects of the applications. Therefore, when it came to designing our new family home, I knew I wanted to incorporate British Gypsum’s ThistlePro plasters within the build – including some of the more innovative products like ThistlePro Magnetic.

The latter is a finish plaster that attracts magnets, leaving a quality surface for internal walls and a durable base for applying decorative finishes. On this project it was applied to the walls of the children’s bedrooms and the family room, as a fun way for them to display their artwork and change designs regularly without any hassle or redecoration.

A multitude of innovative solutions, tailored for the project at hand

British Gypsum’s ThistlePro DuraFinish, Thistle BoardFinish and ThistlePro PureFinish plasters were also specified for the project, thanks to each reputable product’s unique performance characteristics.

ThistlePro DuraFinish was applied in the high traffic areas such as the stairway, a product carefully chosen to protect the walls from knocks and scrapes from Jon’s family's needs to play and grow in the home.

Our products are also designed to enhance people’s health, safety and wellbeing while reducing impacts on the natural environment.

Jon continued: “During the construction of the house, there were a number of potential sources of formaldehyde within the fabric of the building, including the engineered timber which was used. Although we tried to minimise the formaldehyde emissions as much as possible, we thought it would be a good idea to apply ThistlePro PureFinish, which captures formaldehyde and converts it into inert compounds, to some of the walls in order to reduce them further. Indeed, creating a healthy indoor environment with good air quality was a priority – especially in the children’s bedrooms.

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Project name
Building a Passivhaus home
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