Product / system supply
Douglas Macmillan Hospice
J & S Seddon (Building) Ltd
Certi-grade Western Red Cedar No.1 Grade Blue Label Shingles
For patients requiring palliative care, Douglas Macmillan Hospice aims to provide the very best quality of life possible. As the hospice has grown in recent years, the organisation required three new care units for patients in order to expand their services.
With a background in healthcare design and with various hospices in its portfolio, KKE Architects was chosen to undertake the design.
The units were designed using a PassivHaus philosophy which, through super-insulation avoiding cold bridging and maximising solar gain, saves up to 90% on traditional building fuel costs. A ground source heat pump was installed to generate low-temperature water for underfloor heating, meaning any additional heat used will be a top up to an already efficient system rather than compensating for heat that traditionally leaks from windows, doors, floors and roofs.
KKE discussed Certi-grade Western Red Cedar No.1 Grade Blue Label Shingles with the customer support team at Silva Timber and ultimately specified them for the project.
Silva's Certigrade Western Red Cedar Shingles were suitable for the roofing and cladding project, as KKE Architects commented:
"Western Red Cedar Blue Label No.1 Grade Shingles were specified for the roof and wall cladding as they look good visually, weather well and fit easily into the the rural setting. They are sustainable, trap carbon emissions through carbon capture and have a very low embodied energy as they are produced using a relatively simple process."