The Larch House has been recognised for its groundbreaking innovation at the Constructing Excellence Wales Awards 2011 in Cardiff on 14th July. The Innovation Award acknowledges the bravery of the project to create a unique building which leads the way in zero carbon low cost construction in housing.

Mayville Community Centre Passivhaus

The external works at the Mayville are now underway to start to put the south garden back together. The garden will be used for community food growing projects, host fruit trees, birds and bees, and provide valuable accessible outdoor space for the building.

passivhaus passive house dirty pollen air filters after 4 months in London

After less than four months these pollen filters, from one of our heat recovery ventilation units, have trapped so much London air pollution that they need changing for fresh filters. By comparison, in a German city, where urban air quality is very much better, the same filters need changing only once a year. German vehicle testing (with the introduction of a colour-coded 'flag' system) would prevent a large proportion of UK vehicles from entering a German city.


Mike Jackson of Splash tv and ecologically-minded architect Eric Parks were on site yesterday in Ebbw Vale to film a 'Soft Landings' handover event for the Larch and Lime house.

Maintenance officer Peter Counsel from United Welsh Housing Association came to learn more about the technical aspects of the two passivhaus dwellings, including how to keep them running optimally for the future tenants.


Reset have created this beautiful Manifesto entitled ‘a future of the world in 100 objects’ which features a filter removed from Justin Bere’s Heat Recovery Ventilation system.

The manifesto is intended to be a forwarding-facing version of the BBC’s ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects’

‘RESET is asking you to propose an 'object' that represents what you think we need to get us to a future beyond oil dependency, to a future that is in tune with natural processes. Feel free to interpret 'object' in whatever way you like - process, system, component, practice.’


bere:architects would like to thank Laura Mark, AJ sustainability intern, for her wonderful review of the recent event at the Camden Passivhaus.

The event was organised by the Good Homes Alliance with funding from the Technology Strategy Board as part of their Building Performance Evaluation programme.

Here is a link to Laura’s blog post. 


Passivhaus future home opened by Welsh Housing Minister.

Link to the on-line publication

Welsh Housing Minister Huw Lewis AM has opened the Lime House on the Welsh Future Homes (WFH) site at The Works in Ebbw Vale. The two-bedroom house designed to the Passivhaus standard and Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5 showcases Welsh-made sustainable materials and products.



bere:architects win planning appeal for external insulation in London Borough of Brent’s North Kilburn Conservation Area. 

On the 4th of July it was announced by the planning inspectorate that bere:architects’ planning appeal for 100mm of insulated render on the side and rear of a Victorian house in Brent has been successful.

Camden Passivhaus Monitoring

It has just been announced that two more of bere:architects’ projects have been awarded funding to undergo two years of research and monitoring as part of the Technology Strategy Board’s Building Performance Evaluation programme.


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