Portree Passivhaus

A new ultra low-energy self-build project on the Isle of Skye

Building a Passivhaus on Skye

Who Are We? Why Passivhaus?
And Why Skye?

We are Mike Coe and Lizzie Stoodley and this website will document the creation of our new home in Portree, which will be the first certified passivhaus dwelling on the Isle of Skye - if no one beats us to it. This isn't our first self build: we moved here from Worcestershire, where we built one of the UK's most energy-efficient homes, The Cropthorne Autonomous House . For an experimental first build it was a great success and a real pleasure to live in. There was nothing we felt we could have done better. We said, many times, that we would never again want to put ourselves through all the stress, hard work and uncertainty that goes with building your own home. But here we are...

To find out what motivated us to move, and why building a passivhaus was the obvious choice, watch the Video Reports (see Latest Updates below) and take a look at the Design page. You'll be able to follow the build - almost in real-time - on the Live Webcam (right) and we'll be posting updates as we go along on Twitter (see details below).

Follow Our Progress

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Latest Updates

Video Report 01: So Why Did We Move?


In the first video report, Mike provides comprehensive answers to the questions we're asked most frequently:'Why did you leave your first self-build, The Autonomous House, which you loved, and move up to the Isle of Skye?' and 'Why are you building again?' Future reports will focus more on the building project - and will be shorter(!)

Portree Passivhaus

Artist's Impression of Portree Passivhaus

Preliminary Sketches

Artist's Impression of the House in Its Surroundings

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