Our new Passive House (or Passivhaus) near Princes Risborough is now on site. The tall glass windows all face North West, and will demonstrate that, by careful calculation, it's possible to build a very low energy Passive House without lots of south facing glass.
We are proud to announce that our super-qualified Masters graduate from UCL has just been awarded the CIBSE Building Simulation Group Prize for the best MSc Dissertation for the class of 2012.
An independent air quality report, funded by the UK Technology Strategy Board, currently in draft format but soon to be published on the bere:architects research pages, has produced some striking evidence for the ability of properly designed, properly installed and properly commissioned heat recovery ventilation to significantly improve indoor air quality, particularly in urban locations.
Designed in 2007 when we were also designing our first Passive House buildings, this low energy building in the heart of London's Clerkenwell is at last under construction for the Debenham Property Trust. This new-build development consists of five appartments for rental, including a penthouse with spectacular views across London. It was a planning requirement to retain part of the facade.
In a previous blog posting based upon the thoughts of Dr Iona Heath, the destruction of the bond between society and their trusted medical advisors, and mentors was explained. An objective of the Thatcher government was to undermine the influence of ethical professionals and deliver the public into the hands of commercial 'service providers'. I saw these tactics at reasonably close quarters.
This is the product of another email from the great Bill Bordass:
The pdf attachment is written by Donella H. "Dana" Meadows who was a pioneering American environmental scientist, teacher and writer. She is best known as lead author of the influential book The Limits to Growth.
Written in 1997, I think the relevance of this has increased with time.
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:
The attachment was sent to me by Bill Bordass who with Richard Lorch and Stephen Hill is a passionate advocate of 'New Professionalism'.
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