Our current practical research work is focused on two areas:
(1) How houses and other buildings (particularly Passive House Plus designs) can be designed to produce more energy than they need in a year, and whether they can sensibly and reliably store spare energy to act as mini power-stations storing their excess energy in clean saltwater batteries until the National Grid calls for the stored energy to help address peak demand. A key question is whether this is cheaper per unit of power, and more sustainable, than building new power stations.
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.
Photovoltaics for Productive Use Applications: Great catalogue of super low energy products (kitchen and cooking appliances, computers, tools, farm equipment, food production, office, tailoring, entertainment, hairdressing equipment) developed to run on solar energy produced by photovoltaics (PV)
The long-awaited New London Bridge Staircase, cantilevered over the River Thames, will link London Bridge with the Thames Walkway. Completion is currently programmed to be in May 2016
Littlehampton Welding's factory is now filled with the plunging lines of the stainless steel screens of the new London Bridge Staircase, due to be craned into place on the weekend of 13th and 14th of February (delay on previously programmed date of 24th January), after the final flight of stairs is installed this coming Sunday 17th January. An intricately detailed project like this requires a combination of advanced technical expertise, combined with artisan craftsmanship.
Another flight of our stair was craned into position over the side of London Bridge today. Fortunately, yesterday's high winds dropped to nothing, and in an exercise of extreme delicacy, the stair passed London Bridge with millimetres of clearance. As planned, the weight of the new component caused the new footbridge to deflect another few millimetres - on target, (by the time the final components are put in place), to precisely alter the pre-camber of the new footbridge, so that the top landing meets London Bridge at the correct level.
Matthew Taylor's excellent blog posting at the RSA website is of relevance to all of society, including the construction industry, where much greater collaboration is needed to adopt new technologies in the design and construction of new and existing buildings, to make them fit for the 21st century.
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.