Designing green homes & advice on sustainable specifications

Business Description

Particular experience and expertise in self-build, timber construction, low-energy design and sustainable building. Consultancy to develop sustainable policies and specifications.

Green Homes in Woking & Guildford

scope: Architect for development for Greenoak Houisng Association

aims: Building on 20 years of experience of ‘green’ building to incorporate cost effective and trouble free measures into mainstream housing.Economic to live in and cost effective to build; sustainable and adaptable, of high quality and with a sense of place and above all a replicable model and not just a one-off demonstration project. The first development of 14 houses in Woking in Surrey was completed in March 2005 at a cost of £1.7m.A second phase was completed in Guildford in July 2005A third development of 24 dwellings near Horsham in West Sussex is starting on site early 2008.A private development of flats is planned in Redhill.Other developments are planned in Woking and near Chichester.

measures: Innovations include — Mezzanine storage and sleeping platforms – give extra space and avoid a cold draughty loft- Service voids in walls – for airtightness & adaptable services which can be extended as needs and expectations change- PVC free specification throughout – with lino floors, clay drains, polyethylene pipes, steel gutters, timber windows & low smoke cables- Tested airtight shell delivered by timber frame sub-contractor – and retested after services installed achieves 1.5 m3/m2 hr compared to 10 max permitted- Pile foundations with no ground beams – saves time & money and eliminates the need to export toxic soil- Heat recovery ventilation – for energy efficiency and improved air quality- Cross battens in roof and walls – eliminate cold bridging in a cost effective way

monitoring: A runner up for ‘Sustainable Development of the Year 2006′.Housing Corporation Gold Award 2007

New Headquarters Hexagon Housing Association

scope: Project Director at Architype

aims: New office building with minimum running costs.

measures: natural air conditioningAn attractive and contemporary office headquarters for the Hexagon Housing Association on a prominent site in South London with a contract value of £1.8m.High insulation, triple glazing, solar shading, good daylight and passive cooling reduce energy consumption.Designed in consultation with the staff of the housing association.Users enjoy a high quality, healthy working environment which is provided through using the innovative Termodeck system which provides conditions equivalent to air conditioning at approximately half the cost. In summer, cool air is drawn through the hollow cores of pre-cast concrete floor planks at night to provide cooling during the day.

A series of ecological private houses

scope: A 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house with a high quality, low-energy specification was self-built for less than £30,000 in Basildon. See large house replaces an charming timber house in Ditchling, a protected village in Sussex. This house was used as an exemplar of sustainable development by the local planning committee.A small house on a plot just 7m x 15m in a conservation area in Islington. The one and a half storey design with an extensive rooflight and study gallery overlooking the living area is designed to minimize impact on the neighbours.A self-built house in Forest Hill South London pioneered a tree trunk structure. It is a large detached house which explores the use of colour, texture and volume to generate a range of rooms with different character.