We are experts of energy efficient & environmentally conscious homes

Integrity + Experience

An agile team of skilled builders

Craftsmen Quality Builders have over 40 years of shared experience in the building industry working on various projects including new builds, renovations and extensions. Our passion is building eco-friendly, low-energy consuming homes using sustainable materials.

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Company Director + Qualified Carpenter + Certified PassivHaus Tradesman + Accredited Green Living Builder

Stuart Lee

I have worked in the building industry for over 15 years and I’m very passionate about building energy efficient and PassivHaus houses. I feel the best way I can support the environment is to build houses that hug the land rather than sit on it. When I learned of the passivhaus standard I felt compelled to focus my business on implementing the key principles it uses. My team and myself love what we do, which intern infuses the structure with love and laughter. I believe this makes our homes feel very special.

Qualified Carpenter + Certified PassivHaus Tradesman + Mechanical Engineer

Carlo Vavallo

Carlo started his building career as a mature age apprentice and has gone on to become a highly skilled and fastidious carpenter. Carlo is a certified PassivHaus tradesman and is passionate about delivering high quality finishes, in particular to airtightness.

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Energy Efficient Living

What is a Passive House?

A Passive House is a home built specifically to provide clean, fresh air and maintain a consistent temperature (between 20° – 25°) all year round, requiring minimal heating or cooling systems.

The 5 Passive House Principles
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Complete Insulation
High Performance Windows
No Thermal Bridges
Heat Recovery Ventilation
Air Tightness
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Complete Insulation
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High Performance Windows
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No Thermal Bridges
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How do you Build a Passive House?

Passive House Benefits

Why Build an Ultra-Energy-Efficient Home?

It makes a lot of sense to build this way. Whether you are looking to reduce your energy bills or wanting to reduce your environmental footprint, an energy-efficient house offers many benefits.

Low Energy Bills

Passive homes allow for energy savings of up to 90% compared with typical existing buildings. Even if energy costs increase, Passive House occupants don’t have to worry. The building is practically independent of imported energy sources, and can even be supplied with renewable energy.

Adds Value

Building or retrofitting your home for the future helps give value to your property. The materials used are sustainble and designed to last for 60 years, being the life of your home.

Health Benefits

Improved air quality, clean, fresh, warm, filtered air, condensation control, and no dust mites. This mean no mildewed walls, no cold draughts, and no cold feet inside a Passive House.

Reduced CO2 Emissions

Achieved through minimal heating and cooling. For example, the house only requires 3 kilograms of wood per square metre to maintian the temperature of 20-25° throughout the seasons.

Unmatched Comfort

Passive Houses use energy sources inside the building such as the body heat from the residents or solar heat entering the building. They are often praised for their high level of comfort at any time of the year.

Affordability

The premium upfront costs average about 10% more than standard code construction. When factoring in the operating costs, Passive House emerges as the most affordable way to construct any building.

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We’re Happy When You’re Happy

"Stuart was great in guiding us to build a better home and we are loving the results. We would thoroughly recommend Stuart for any project and in particular building to Passive House standards. Good luck getting in his diary!!!"
John Beurle
Client - 2018
"I would highly recommend Stuart and his team. Stuart really cares about a high quality outcome for his clients - especially when it comes to high-performing and low-energy homes that are healthy, comfortable and durable. He is an excellent communicator and is good at finding solutions ("there are no problems, only solutions"), and he has good attention to detail. He conducts himself professionally, yet in a very honest and down-to-earth way. It has been a pleasure to share the journey with him of building a certified Passivhaus for our clients, and we look forward to working with him again in the future."
Talina Edwards
Talina Edwards Architecture Owner - 2018
"Stuart has impressed me as being in the top calibre of people you would want to work on your project. In addition to his well demonstrated building and carpentry skills, Stuart's personal integrity, communication skills, business/cost/time estimating, good sense of humour and outgoing personality all point to a long and successful career ahead. We have no hesitation and absolute confidence referring Stuart to any potential clients."
Ken LawFord
Client - 2014
"I engaged Stuart (Craftsman Quality Builders) after a search for a local builder who had experience of sustainable, energy efficient builds. Of all the builders I spoke to, and visited, Stuart stood head and shoulders above the others. His honesty, communication and knowledge were supported by his obvious passion for his craft as well as sustainability.Before the build started Stuart was proactive in working with us and our architect to make sure that the desired outcomes, possible approaches and likely risks were identified early so that the build itself was given the best chance for success.And so it has turned out. The attention to detail on the build is fantastic and puts to shame the practices we see on other construction sites. All through the project Stuart and his team (Carlo and Matt especially) have solved all the problems that have cropped up without any fuss. The main reason for this (apart from their building skills – which are high) is the really good communication. Overall it’s been a pleasure to have worked with Stuart and his team and I’d definitely use them again in the future."
David Rhind
Client - 2018
"I have found working with Stuart to be a pleasure. His workmanship is of an excellent standard and he and his partner work efficiently and well together."
Robyn Leeder
Architect & Client - 2014

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