Passivhaus

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.

Mayville Community Centre Passivhaus Windows Fitting

The window fitting flash event was attended by 20 very keen architects and students last Thursday at the Mayville Community Centre all eager to learn from this practical training opportunity. The group witnessed the installation of one of the south elevation windows being installed in two pieces by the main contractor.

Lime House Passivhaus

The two-bedroom, ultra low-cost Lime House in Ebbw Vale has just been awarded full Passivhaus certification. It also achieves code 5 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

Larch House featured in Natural Building Technologies Newspaper.

Larch and Lime House receive Exemplar Award

At the launch of Constructing Excellence Wales’ Exemplar Programme, bere:architects received a pilot Exemplar Programme award for designing the Larch and Lime House at Ebbw Vale.

Thermal imaging at Passfield Drive

New Passivhaus triple glazed windows and doors have now been expertly fitted to the north elevation of 3 Passfield Drive (wall insulation will follow soon). The excellent thermal performance achieved by these windows and the draft-free fitting can be clearly seen in the thermal image of the north elevation below. Comparing the ground floor window of no. 3 to the neighbouring property on the left it is remarkable how much better our house is performing. The same can be said when considering the difference between the new front door of no.

Passivhaus buildings are comfortable and require little maintenance, but they do have some important features which are different to many existing buildings. As with any other building type, the design features must be fully understood by the occupants to ensure they are experiencing the most comfortable and healthy internal environments, using the minimum amount of energy. To achieve this it is vital that the architects and services engineers pass on the knowledge that they have gained during the design and construction period to the end user.

The first part of a six month programme of monitoring, funded by the TSB (Technology Strategy Board), has now been completed at our Larch House in Ebbw Vale. In collaboration with the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University we have been carrying out co-heating tests on the Larch house over the past 4 weeks. During the tests the house has been heated up to 25 degrees by electrical heaters. The electrical energy required to maintain a constant temperature has been monitored in order to calculate the as built thermographic properties of the house.

Construction of the Mayville Community Centre is now progressing well on site with construction of the new super insulated roof nearing completion. All Metal Roofing have completed the zinc works on the north facing side of the main roof with works to the south roof well underway this week.

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