Update on our new 3-storey Staircase which will hang over the River Thames, off the side of London Bridge (commissioned by the City of London):
Littlehampton Welding currently has our London Bridge Staircase components at various stages of assembly all over their vast factory. The photograph shows the lower flight which is due on site soon. All the parts for the curving, sweeping stainless steel screens have been made, and assembly of these components is imminent.
Nearing completion - this carefully crafted Passivhaus in Buckinghamshire was recently described by a visitor as having a 'Donald Judd clarity of construction'. The building derives most of its external heat gains from a glazed wall facing North West over open countryside.
In 2014 the Edge invited Paul Morrell to chair a Commission of Inquiry into the future of professionalism in the built environment/construction industry. Tomorrow the Edge launches the resulting report, which explores the key issues facing professionals and their institutions at this ‘moment for change’. To attend the event follow this link and join the discussion of this critical issue for the industry and its professional institutions.
These two final Building Performance Evaluation studies, funded by the Technology Strategy Board, have now been uploaded to the Research page of our website:
I remember the day the penny dropped. As a school kid in 1975 I arrived home from school for my summer holidays to see new houses being built on rich farmland across the fields from my bedroom window. I had learned at school how Britain hardly managed to feed itself during the u-boat blockade of the 2nd world war, and asked myself: how can we afford to cover over fields with new houses while meeting our need for food?
The Foundation for Energy Efficient Construction rewarded the passive house concept with the first Award for Sustainable Construction. The award was handed to the initiators of the standard, Prof.em. Bo Adamson and Dr Wolfgang Feist. This took place yesterday afternoon at the "Old Bishop's House" at Lund University in Sweden.
The Technology Strategy Board funded FINAL REPORT of the Camden Passivhaus has now been published. The report is the result of two years 'Phase 2' in-depth monitoring of the performance of the Camden Passivhaus.
At the 2014 Passive House Conference, Dr Diana Urge-Vorsatz, Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy (3CSEP) www.3csep.ceu.hu , reported that the scientific outputs of the Passive House community are not ‘loud enough’. She told us that the PH community is not documenting enough of its research in the form of peer reviewed literature. The IPCC, for example can only refer to peer reviewed literature.
The renovation of historic and listed buildings can be very challenging especially when it comes to the sensitive conservation of the visual features of old facades. The challenge is even greater when there is the ambition to improve the comfort and energy-saving qualities of a building.
For those requiring new vertically sliding sash windows for old buildings, until now, only improved versions of traditional sash windows were available. However the air leakage from these, although substantially improved, is still far beyond that allowed in a Passive House.