Passivhaus

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

Following Jeremy’s visit to the Mayville Community Centre at the beginning of June where he was shown round the building by Rachel Witherick (b:a), Trevor Mbatha (MCP), Jessie White (MCP) and David Ironside (site manager for the contractor), today Jeremy visited our offices and joined us for the daily office lunch. Jeremy is hugely supportive of the passivhaus refurbishment of the community centre, a building he has been personally using for nearly 30 years in his role as Labour MP for Islington North.

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.

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