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Vernacular PassivHaus
A fascinating and appropriate journey has taken place on a former village car park in Chewton Mendip, Somerset. It has seen a dusty corner site evolve from a little used 10 parking space eyesore, to the location for a curving terrace of three homes. They have been built to attain standards that exceed those demanded by PassivHaus for energy consumption and also include other features that respond to important ‘green’ issues. Arthur Bland and David Hayhow provide us with the builder’s and architect’s perspectives.

A six page article. First published in June 2009

Thermal Bypass
The impact of natural and forced convection upon building performance. There is mounting evidence to suggest that buildings that are being designed to achieve thermal performance standards, including the Building Regulations, are in fact consuming in excess of 40% more energy than the predicted values. In some cases the increase in energy consumption can be up to 70% greater than that predicted, says Mark Siddall.

An eight page article. First published in June 2009

Green Building Physics - Acoustics
Arguably ‘acoustics’ are one of the most overlooked elements in green building design. According to research by Roy, D (2007), users of green buildings indicated that one of their main complaints with the green buildings they use were acoustic issues concerning the acoustics of rooms and noise privacy issues. (The other main complaint was issues with ventilation). It could be interpreted that due to a focus on benefits that are directly economically beneficial, acoustics are sometimes overlooked. In this green building physics article, Gavin Harper explains the physics of acoustics.

A four page article. First published in June 2009

The LCBP Energy Conundrum
Government departments are focusing on how to reduce the UK’s carbon footprint, so everyone can act sustainably without impacting negatively on the economy. But do their actions stack up? Let’s take a look at the evidence.

A two page article. First published in Spring 2007

Aiming for Passivhaus standards in UK designs
This passivhaus feature includes projects and discussions: Just over 10 years ago, Simon and Lucy Phillips invested in a beautiful but somewhat dilapidated property in a small village just outside Rhosneigr, Anglesey. The attractions of the 1920’s detached property were enhanced by the substantial plot of land it sat on, boasting amazing views of the Snowdonia mountain range and the surrounding coastline. Also Sunderland based people and property business, Gentoo, are utilising the Passivhaus building standard to develop new homes in Sunderland and Mark Siddall of Dewjo’c Architects, which specialises in sustainable building design, comments on the reality of preparing the nation for low energy and low carbon buildings.

An eight page article. First published in April 2009

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