The Muse Passive House bere:architects

Justin Bere's experimental self-build home has now reverted to private use since the office moved out in August 2012. The project started on site in the year 2000 (and work is still ongoing) with all the main passivhaus attributes of super-insulated walls, triple glazed windows, heat recovery ventilation, design for air tightness and design against cold bridging. When Wolfgang Feist first visited the Muse in 2009 and saw the monitoring results, he declared that it should be certified as a UK pioneer passivhaus.

Introduction to Passive House (or Passivhaus) book
To mark the publication of Justin Bere's new book 'an Introduction to Passive House' the magazine Passive House + asked Justin for an opinion piece for the latest UK edition. Here it is:

Nearing completion in Exmouth Market, London, is our mixed use, part facade retention, part new build project for the Debenham Trust. The project is designed and executed to a very high quality under a traditional contract. Firmco are the main contractor. After working hard to achieve a number of low energy and Passive House (or Passivhaus) retrofit projects with us, this traditional building company, with it's own labour force, has worked hard to embed the new 21st century construction skills into its armoury of techniques, alongside the best traditional construction skills.

RIBA Publications have commissioned a UK printer to produce this book which is due for release before Christmas.

Dr Ian Ridley's research paper: 'The Monitored Performance of the first new London dwelling certified to the Passive House standard' will be published in 'Energy and Buildings'.

Here is an extract from Dr Ridley's paper: