Passivhaus

The Muse Passive House bere:architects

Justin Bere's experimental self-build home has now reverted to private use since the office moved out in August 2012. The project started on site in the year 2000 (and work is still ongoing) with all the main passivhaus attributes of super-insulated walls, triple glazed windows, heat recovery ventilation, design for air tightness and design against cold bridging. When Wolfgang Feist first visited the Muse in 2009 and saw the monitoring results, he declared that it should be certified as a UK pioneer passivhaus.

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:
 

RIBA Publications have commissioned a UK printer to produce this book which is due for release before Christmas.

The Financial Times is just about to run an article on the Tighthouse Passive House in NYC which is a really beautiful piece of architecture and a great example of integrated design – by that I mean architecture that combines the qualities of attractive design, high performance, low energy use and great comfort for the occupants. To achieve such a high design quality in a retrofit of a NYC row house that’s over 100 years old makes it all the more of a triumph.

buckinghamshire passive house timber frame arrives bere:architects

The timber framed superstructure arrived this week for our Passive House in Buckinghamshire and was erected and made water-tight in 24hrs

On time, the contractor is now waiting for the arrival of the timber frame that will envelope the building and the windows that will make it air-tight. The installation of the two packages is being coordinated so that they share a crane.

The fair-faced concrete lower floor of this Passive House on a Buckinghamshire hillside is nearing completion. The timber framed superstructure is due for delivery and erection towards the end of September and will be watertight and draught free a couple of weeks later.

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. 

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.

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: 

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