This is the beginning of our journey of self building a passivhaus family home. Actually, that’s not quite true. The journey began over four years ago, on a bike ride along winding Herefordshire lanes. After a long climb up Barrack Hill leading to Aconbury Woods, a gap appeared between two old cottages, offering an opportunity to catch breath and admire the long-reaching south views across the county. A beautiful dream of building our house was born there and then.