London Bridge Staircase

 

New London Bridge Staircase was opened on Monday by the Lord Mayor of London, Jeffrey Evans, together with Michael Welbank MBE, and blessed with holy water by Cardinal Rector Philip Warner of St Magnus the Martyr.

Peter Cook has just produced another remarkable set of photographs for us, showing how the urban quality of the north end of Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, in East London, has been transformed by our low energy development, which combines traditional fabric materials, modern techniques, a significant enhancement of conditions for biodiversity, and a massive increase in commercial and lettable floor space for the benefit of the freeholder, a property investment trust.

This all-electric, Plus Energy Passive House home is perhaps the most advanced, high performance new house in the UK. It has been designed to produce two and a half times more energy in a year than it consumes. Crucially, because it is a Passive House, even its winter energy demand is small. With the addition of a 12kWp photovoltaic array to harvest solar energy, together with 12kWh of battery storage, this home is almost completely energy-independent and even in the most extreme winter conditions has an 80% lower peak-energy demand from the grid than an ordinary house. 

These two final Building Performance Evaluation studies, funded by the Technology Strategy Board, have now been uploaded to the Research page of our website:

I remember the day the penny dropped. As a school kid in 1975 I arrived home from school for my summer holidays to see new houses being built on rich farmland across the fields from my bedroom window. I had learned at school how Britain hardly managed to feed itself during the u-boat blockade of the 2nd world war, and asked myself: how can we afford to cover over fields with new houses while meeting our need for food?

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