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 published in collaboration with the bere:architects technical team: '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'.


Architects, consultants and journalists have come together on Twitter to create a unique network of specialists around sustainability in architecture and the built environment.



Sarah Lewis, Director at bere:architects has been named as one of the top 20 women who are leading the way in sustainable architecture in the first annual Architect’s Journal Footprint list curated by Hattie Hartman and AJ technical reporter, Laura Mark and announced yesterday.


Plectic House – complexity made simple

Our new, ultra-low cost, ultra simple Passive House and Artist's Studio has just been awarded planning permission in the London Borough of Southwark. The timber framed house will have light-filled interiors of natural materials with uncompromisingly raw finishes. It will demonstrate the common sense in simple detailing, low-cost construction and healthy, comfortable living.


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