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08.11.12

The cost analysis template has been designed by quantity surveyor Richard Whidborne of e-Griffin Consulting in collaboration with bere:architects as part of their Passive House Cost Project (PHCP), to enable all cost data to be analysed in a consistent recognisable manner. This template is based very closely on the RICS New Rules of Measurement: Order of Cost Estimating and Elemental Cost Planning for Capital Building Works (second edition).

30.10.12

The conference exists to spread learning between all those who are interested in the field of low energy building design in the UK. It will include case studies, site visits, workshops, debate, an exhibition of Passivhaus products and numerous networking opportunities.

24.10.12

A practical guide on achieving the excellent levels of airtightness in Passivhaus building fabric.
Printed copies of this Guide will be available mid November 2012, please contact Lucy via e-mail if you would like to obtain a copy lucy.procter@bere.co.uk

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04.10.12
Wolfgang Feist

Dr Wolfgang Feist, the physicist who invented the passive house concept, has been announced as of one of 12 new recipients of an RIBA Honorary Fellowship, to be awarded in February 2013.

27.09.12

The Mayville Community Centre opened its doors to visitors as part of the annual Open House London festival last weekend. Visitors had the opportunity to join tours led by Justin Bere and Nick Newman, to learn about the transformation of the centre from what was an uninsulated and inefficiently used Victorian building into what is now a fully certified, award-winning Passivhaus community centre with 90% energy savings.

26.09.12

Please note that for some unknown reason BT have disconnected our office's direct dial lines. This will be rectified as soon as possible but in the meantime please use the main number 020 7241 1064.

26.09.12
Designing Buildings for Bats, Birds and Biodiversity

The move towards air tight buildings has meant that many of the traditional spaces used by wildlife such as birds and bats, are no longer provided for in new buildings. This course explores many of the considerations, principles and techniques available to design and build biodiversity-friendly buildings.

05.09.12
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.

20.08.12

We're all set up in the new passivhaus office and amazingly the network and phones are up and running on day 1! However there is still quite a lot to do to settle in and unpack all the boxes, and we have a major deadline for Wednesday midday, so please bear with us for a few days.

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