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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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.

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.

At the end of its first Winter, these results are better than we would have dared hope for. Mayville Community Centre is also performing better than design, although it should be noted that these results are preliminary as not all the offices have been fully occupied. 

A full report will be published soon.

This energy-saving refurbishment has provided our client with the opportunity to achieve massive energy savings and comfort improvements. In 2011 we won a landmark planning appeal (see the full documentation below; including Brent's request for refusal to be upheld, Bere Architects' and David Atwell's request for refusal to be overturned and the attached decision letter which overturned the refusal and supported the arguments of Bere Architects and David Atwell). So we gained planning approval for our proposed energy-saving external insulation on the rear and side walls of the house.

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