By Jill Macnair

The Sunday Times

20 January 2008

Full On-Line Article

Home gave three leading eco-architects different budgets and one brief: to create a sustainable urban family dwelling. Our correspondent is impressed by the results.



Justin Bere spent another week in Germany and Austria in January studying Passivhaus projects and technology. He also met Hermann Kaufmann who is at the forefront of Passivhaus design in Europe. Although he is not yet well known in the UK, Hermann Kaufmann is famous in mainland Europe for demonstrating how technically advanced low energy buildings can also be inspirationally  designed.

Focus House

Grand Designs Magazine

December 2007


Justin Bere recently visited the Bayer factory with his two associate directors, Dan Gibbons and Tobias Schaffrin in order to discuss current DoubleGood Window enquiries (, window specifications and the latest technical developments.


By Pamela Buxton

Building Design

12 October 2007

Architect Justin Bere is so determined to be part of the solution to climate change that he’s set up his own glazing business

As an architect, it was never Justin Bere’s ambition to set up a window company. But frustration at the standard of UK-manufactured windows, coupled with his admiration for German-made Bayer products, led him to do just that, and this summer Double Good Windows was born.


A video of the Grand Designs Magazine Awards evening, featuring Justin Bere, has now been posted on their website.


bere:architects were awarded Best Eco House at the Grand Designs Awards on Friday night. The awards, presented by Kevin McCloud, were recorded for television. In his statement afterwards for the television cameras, Justin Bere expressed the sentiment that we are very fortunate to live and work in the UK in the early 21st Century. “Most people in the world do not have the opportunities that we have…” he said, “…and this makes it all the more important to try to do the right thing for the greater good.”


bere:architects were last night presented with the Small House of the Year award for the Focus House project in North London at the British Homes Awards 2007. The awards, presented by Jack Pringle, President of the RIBA and Fiona Fullerton, columnist for the Daily Mail, were sponsored by The Mail on Sunday, NHBC and BRE. bere:architects had also been shortlisted in the Home for the Future category for Comfort-Haus.


PassivHaus Study Tour

21 & 22 May 2007

Hanover, Germany

This seminar is aimed at housing professionals and professional bodies whom are involved in lowenergy housing. Pro-active company directors, decision makers, architects, contractors and developers will be represented at the study tour.

BRE is offering a unique opportunity, as a part of this study tour, to experience first hand what it means to live, work and design PassivHaus dwellings.


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