Passivhaus

On time, the contractor is now waiting for the arrival of the timber frame that will envelope the building and the windows that will make it air-tight. The installation of the two packages is being coordinated so that they share a crane.

The fair-faced concrete lower floor of this Passive House on a Buckinghamshire hillside is nearing completion. The timber framed superstructure is due for delivery and erection towards the end of September and will be watertight and draught free a couple of weeks later.

Our new Passive House (or Passivhaus) near Princes Risborough is now on site. The tall glass windows all face North West, and will demonstrate that, by careful calculation, it's possible to build a very low energy Passive House without lots of south facing glass. 

We are proud to announce that our super-qualified Masters graduate from UCL has just been awarded the CIBSE Building Simulation Group Prize for the best MSc Dissertation for the class of 2012.

 

An independent air quality report, funded by the UK Technology Strategy Board, currently in draft format but soon to be published on the bere:architects research pages, has produced some striking evidence for the ability of properly designed, properly installed and properly commissioned heat recovery ventilation to significantly improve indoor air quality, particularly in urban locations.

Designed in 2007 when we were also designing our first Passive House buildings, this low energy building in the heart of London's Clerkenwell is at last under construction for the Debenham Property Trust. This new-build development consists of five appartments for rental, including a penthouse with spectacular views across London. It was a planning requirement to retain part of the facade.

Dr Ian Ridley's research paper published in collaboration with the bere:architects technical team: 'The Monitored Performance of the first new London dwelling certified to the Passive House standard' will be published in 'Energy and Buildings'.

Here is an extract from Dr Ridley's paper: 

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