Whitehill Bordon Eco-Town Sustainable Housing

It has just been announced that bere:architects, in collaboration with the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment, have been shortlisted in the Whitehill Bordon Eco-Town Terrace Competition to design three zero-carbon terraced houses on the northern edge of the newly designated South Downs National Park in Hampshire.


The Mayville Community Centre picked up the award for Best Public Building at the 3R (Refurb, Rethink, Retrofit) Awards 2011 at a presentation held last night at the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington, where many of those playing a pioneering role in this sector were present. 

Following the success of the inaugural Retrofit Awards, launched in 2010, the awards were expanded to include all areas of the retrofit and refurbishment markets.

Clean air inside a Passivhaus relieves symptoms of chronic lung disease

Tom and Louise are now enjoying the comfort of their new passivhaus-modelled retrofit. We have thoroughly insulated their home, fitted new windows, eliminated all draughts and fitted a heat recovery ventilation unit with pollen air filters. The work was funded by the Technology Strategy Board’s retrofit-for-the-future programme.

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This serious subject became the talking point of the conference after the delivery of a thoroughly entertaining talk that ended up with a pythonesque crushing of a Code 3 house by a gigantic foot that came down from the roof of the auditorium.



The Larch House has won the Low Energy Social Housing Project of the Year at the Sustainable Housing Awards 2011 having been shortlisted within a strong field of finalists. 

The Sustainable Housing Awards, organized by Inside Housing magazine and its sister publication Sustainable Housing, focus on the best green social housing projects constructed in the UK and the organizations responsible for them.



As part of the Green Sky Thinking week 17th – 22nd September, the Institute for Sustainability brought together some of the UK’s leading retrofit experts to demonstrate how industry professionals and trades can understand and “seize the business opportunities emerging in the fast-expanding area of low carbon building and retrofit”. On Thursday morning The Mayville Community Centre and Southern Housing Group hosted a well-attended seminar, ‘Retrofit – the next steps – Retrofit at Scale’.

Therm energy modelling detail

All three of the projects we entered into The Energy Awards '11 have made their shortlists as announced today. The Camden Passivhaus and The Larch House in Ebbw Vale have both been shortlisted in the Energy Efficient New-Build Project category and the Mayville Community Centre has been shortlisted in the Energy Efficient Refurbishment of the Year category.



All bere:architects staff commute to work by bicycle. Joseph Orchard and Christian Senkpiel are daily Brompton riders and took part in the 2011 Brompton World Championships at Blenheim Palace last weekend. It has been reported that 25% of London drivers have gotten rid of their vehicles during the past year. Partly due, no doubt, to the increased popularity of cycle commuting and the increasing fuel prices.


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