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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.



This study compares the comfort conditions in November 2012 inside the unheated Passive House Mayville Community Centre, with conditions in two heated, un-insulated post war flats on the Mayville Estate.



UK buildings are consistently failing to perform. So the UK needs to train architects and engineers with greater technical competence than it is presently doing if we are to address our ever-growing CO2 emissions. So why are there usually no UK students on the Postgraduate MSc Environmental Design and Engineering course in the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies at UCL (also host to the UCL Energy Institute)


I found this comment very interesting. It was in response to today's Guardian report that 240 scientists have produced a shocking official US Climate Assessment Report. I don't have time to try to check the veracity of the claims, but someone using 'Sustainable Energy Without the Hot Air' (freely accessed on line) might be able to do that. If so, please do add your calculations to this posting as a comment or link.


I wish the UK government in 2013 would address the complementary needs for: 

(a) jobs for people to do. 

(b) deep energy-saving retrofits of homes. 

It seems to me to be financially prudent and responsible for government to borrow money now to save a lot more money over the coming decades and create jobs at the same time. This could be done by the deep-retrofit of buildings now (as is being done in other parts of Europe) and this would create meaningful jobs in the process and a future for disenfranchised youths.


I have been given permission by Bernard to publish what I think should be adopted as a mission statement for London:

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I believe that we need to develop within the construction industry a future-focused innovation strategy for low impact buildings in UK, and to export this strategy, with the technologies which complement it, worldwide. London seems an obvious place to start and you are in a key position to influence local government and to make it happen.


At last a whole lot more research work has been published on our research page:   


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