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28.07.14

At the 2014 Passive House Conference, Dr Diana Urge-Vorsatz, Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy (3CSEP) www.3csep.ceu.hu , reported that the scientific outputs of the Passive House community are not ‘loud enough’. She told us that the PH community is not documenting enough of its research in the form of peer reviewed literature. The IPCC, for example can only refer to peer reviewed literature.

22.07.14
Sash Style casement window

The renovation of historic and listed buildings can be very challenging especially when it comes to the sensitive conservation of the visual features of old facades. The challenge is even greater when there is the ambition to improve the comfort and energy-saving qualities of a building.

For those requiring new vertically sliding sash windows for old buildings, until now, only improved versions of traditional sash windows were available. However the air leakage from these, although substantially improved, is still far beyond that allowed in a Passive House.

22.07.14
Lime House and Larch House
Following 2 years of performance monitoring in Larch House and Lime House by bere:architects an article has been published in Energy and Buildings:

 

The Side by Side in use Monitored Performance of two Passive and Low Carbon Welsh Houses

By Ian Ridley, Justin Bere, Alan Clarke, Yair Schwartz, Andrew Farr

09.07.14
An Introduction to Passive House front cover

An Introduction to Passive House is intended to be an easy-to-read introduction to why and how architects, policy makers and all those who procure works to new and existing buildings can collaborate in transforming the quality of our built environment, domestic and non-domestic, new-build and existing. The benefits of this transformation embrace occupants, users and the wider natural environment; now and for countless generations into the future.

03.07.14

It's at this time of the year especially that I get a real buzz from the solar array on top of my house, and from the green roof planting that thrives in the cool shade beneath. From Spring to Autumn it's a real pleasure to go home and see how much heat has been harvested from the free energy of the sun. Normally from Spring to Autumn the domestic hot water for both the main house and the rented flat is virtually free. Indeed at present too much energy is produced and the plan one day is to use the 11metre long pool in the garden as a solar dump for all the excess solar energy.

13.05.14

Our 5-storey mixed use development in Exmouth Market for a private trust is now complete. Originally for rental, the trust decided to sell them on long leases. All flats were sold within days of being put on the market. Tim Crocker's photographs will follow soon.

10.05.14
An Introduction to Passive House front cover

Introduction to Passive House is intended to be an easy-to-read introduction to why and how architects, policy makers and all those who procure works to new and existing buildings can collaborate in transforming the quality of our built environment, domestic and non-domestic, new-build and existing. The benefits of this transformation embrace occupants, users and the wider natural environment; now and for countless generations into the future.

17.02.14

...with the core body of the Technology Strategy Board funded research running to over 30,000 words, together with reports produced by researchers and academics at University College London, Cranfield University and RMIT Melbourne.

23.12.13
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:
 

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