Mayville Community Centre Passivhaus

Jenny Jones, of the Green Party and GLA, visited the Mayville Community Centre project this morning which is now weeks off completion. She was hugely supportive of what has been achieved by the Mildmay Community Partnership, bere:architects and the construction team, stating when she received the description of the project she could not believe all that was being done by a small community trust on one building. She was interested to hear how the fund raising efforts and vision of the MCP, with the expertise and technical support of local architectural practice, bere:architects, had translated into such a ground breaking and exemplar community project.

The green roof installation RIBA Flash event on the 4th May was attended by 10 enthusiasts at the Mayville Community Centre all eager to learn from the leading green roof expert, Dusty Gedge. Dusty is the designer of the green roofs at Mayville where two areas of green roof have being installed. The group heard from Rachel Witherick of bere:architects about how the green roof is an integral component of the low energy environmental building ethos and proposals at the Mayville. Improving the ecology of this inner city site is of critical importance for both the architects and the client.

After a private tour of the Danish Embassy in London, designed by Arne Jacobsen, Justin Bere attended a small private reception with Tony Fretton, architect, hosted by the Danish ambassador in his ambassador’s suite above the embassy overlooking London’s Sloane Street.

Justin Bere presented a philosophical lecture to the Geffrye Museum members’ 2008 annual general meeting. The talk explained the link between architecture and land resource management, particularly farming and food and energy production. Justin referred to Professor Tim Lang’s recent lecture at City University and lamented the lack of government planning that is clearly necessary in order to address the increasing and conflicting demands on land for housing, energy and food production.

Highbury Swimming Pool

Justin Bere accompanied the Leader of Islington Council, Cllr James Kempton (Liberal Democrat) in giving a keynote speech at the opening of what is thought to be the UK’s largest solar heating installation to date at the Highbury Swimming Pool in the London Borough of Islington. The project was made possible by the Islington Council Climate Change Fund with an unprecedented spending budget of £3 million. Justin spoke in his capacity as an elected advisor to the council, a service provided charitably by a small group of sustainability experts.

Justin Bere attended the GLA sustainability advisory panel meeting as an external advisor to the GLA. The panel meets regularly and is preparing the Mayor’s bold sustainability strategy for London.

Justin Bere presented a lecture at Ecobuild 2008 on Passivhaus technology, which is now recognized by the RIBA as the emerging European standard for low energy design. The lecture was titled “Keep it Simple Stupid” (KISS) and explained how 15 years of Passivhaus research in Europe has resulted in proven design techniques that are clear and simple to understand and to verify for both designer and contractor.

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

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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