Passivhaus

The Mayville Community Centre opened its doors to visitors as part of the annual Open House London festival last weekend. Visitors had the opportunity to join tours led by Justin Bere and Nick Newman, to learn about the transformation of the centre from what was an uninsulated and inefficiently used Victorian building into what is now a fully certified, award-winning Passivhaus community centre with 90% energy savings.

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.

Sarah Lewis, Christian Senkpiel, bere:architects, Passivhaus Trust, Retrofit Award

 

We are very pleased to announce that the Mayville Community Centre won best retrofit earlier this week, in the UK Passivhaus Awards 2012. Congratulations to all involved.

Parsons & Whittley’s highly commendable Wimbish social housing scheme won the Domestic category and the winner of the Non Domestic category was Architype’s Oakmeadow Primary School. Full details of all shortlisted schemes can be found on the Passivhaus Trust website.

The Mayville has been officially re-named as the Mildmay Community Centre, in recognition of the growing significance of the community centre in providing community services for the whole of the Islington Mildmay ward.

passivhaus components transform health and comfort in the retrofit of a London house

Our award winning social housing retrofit, carried out with Southern Housing under the Technology Strategy Board's Retrofit for the Future project, used passivhaus 'fabric-first' measures, together with a very efficient heat recovery ventilation unit. Monitoring of the house shows that it has been transformed from a cold house running with condensation and blighted by mould growth and asthmatic indoor conditions, to a house that has absolutely optimal indoor comfort and health conditions in winter and summer.

Green Build Awards Logo

We received two awards last night at the inaugural Greenbuild Awards in the Leisure Buildings category for our certified passivhaus retrofit of Mayville Community Centre and in the Domestic Retrofit category for one of our Retrofit for the Future projects, Passfield Drive.

proven - passivhaus maintains cool summer temperatures

 

I've been prompted to prepare this blog posting after Mark Elton highlighted a blog entry by Mel Starrs on a new group of housebuilders calling itself the 'Futures Group'. This group includes Taylor Wimpey, Barratt Homes, Bovis, Redrow, Miller and McCarthy & Stone and they have produced a report that tries to put a brake on the forthcoming improvements required in the UK Building Regulations. 

If you are looking for a passive house architect to design you a sustainable building, eco house or passive home, you may wonder what is the difference in meaning between architecture that is ‘Passivhaus’ and ‘Passive House’?

In a unique extension of the indepth, remote energy monitoring of the low cost, passivhaus Larch and Lime Houses in Ebbw Vale, the keys to the houses were handed over to the two lucky families who have won a competition to live in the houses rent free for 12 months whilst participating in the live monitoring process.

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