JR N101 VZ90 Passivhaus Pete Smith Cheadle 1

Pete Smith, Passivhaus Home Owner, Cheadle

Working with Passivhaus



Project manager

Martin Latham

Products Used


Somfy TaHomma Building Management System

Project Brief

Pete Smith struggled to find suppliers who could provide the right environmentally friendly products when he set out to build his own Passivhaus. That was until he stumbled across the James Robertshaw website.


James Robertshaw gave Pete an off plan quote for six N101: EnviroLine VZ70s and carried out a site visit to make sure the specifications were right. The external blinds are an effective solution for Pete’s south facing windows as they allow in plenty of sunshine during the winter months and keep the heat out during the summer to prevent the building from overheating. Plus, each one can be controlled using a remote handset for extra ease.

James Robertshaw even went to the trouble of powder coating the blinds to a council approved colour; nothing was too much trouble. The blinds really suit the contemporary, urban aesthetic of the building. So from an architectural perspective they work and, from a personal view, I think they’re excellent. The blinds not only do exactly what they’re designed to do, but they also look great.

Pete Smith


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