I am an independent RIBA chartered architect based in Bristol, with a portfolio of built projects throughout the South West of England.
My practice specialises in creative and environmentally conscious design of new and existing buildings, which ranges from new-build energy efficient housing, upgrade and conversion of historic structures, and sensitive alteration of listed buildings.
I have a passion for working closely with individuals, self-builders and community groups to help them turn their architectural dreams into a reality. This means designing collaboratively with clients, builders, and other members of the construction industry to deliver high quality, well considered buildings which do not cost the earth.
This scheme is for a new 3 bedroom eco house located in the Montpelier area of North Bristol. The design follows Passivhaus principles for reducing energy consumption.
The clients came to me with a clear brief; to design a very low energy eco house which would significantly reduce the cost of their heating bills, but on a restricted budget.
The decision was taken at an early stage to follow passivhaus principles, whereby a combination of very high levels of insulation, strategies for airtightness, controlled ventilation and heat recovery would allow heated air to stay inside the building for longer.
Timber I-joists were used as the primary structural members which would allow the space between to be fully filled with over 300mm thickness of insulation and then clad externally with 100mm woodfibre. Junctions between elements (walls, roof, floor etc.) were carefully detailed and inspected on site to ensure a continuous airtightness layer.