FSC Certified timber cladding is used on the upper floor including a factory coating with a 15 year warranty. The lower floor uses a patented render system which has the ability to reflect the infrared part of the light spectrum. By doing so a 40% higher Total Solar Reflectance can reduce the surface temperature of the render by up to 15 degrees Celsius, enabling the use of dark coloured render. The dark external finishes were chosen primarily to help the building blend into it’s surroundings but also to create a striking and dramatic effect which adds to visual drama of the home.