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.

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.

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.

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.

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: 

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