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North East Local Group starts 2013 with “Why I don’t want to live in a Passivhaus!”

February 7, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Mark Siddall, the Group Leader for the North East,  has organised several meeting for 2013, starting on  7th February at 6.00 p.m.

“Why I don’t want to live in a Passivhaus!”  with AECB member Duncan Roberts (previously planned for July 2012).

Duncan is an architect who has taught at the Centre for Alternative Technology for many years on the timber frame self build short course, which was based on the pioneering designs of Walter Segal.  see http://gse.cat.org.uk/component/content/article/440-postgraduate-study/1313-duncanroberts

Venue:  Northumbria University, Ellison Building, Ellison Place, NE1 8ST (see below for details)

Other events for your 2013 diaries are as follows.

4th April  “Steel Farm: Addressing the challenges in construction” with Joe Dixon

6th June  “Closing the energy performance gap” with Mark Siddall

12th and 13th July – AECB Conference in Bradford
(see https://www.aecb.net/events/2012/11/2013-aecb-conference-12th-and-13th-july-2013/)

5th September  and  7th November  To be confirmed

More about the speaker . . . .

Architect Duncan Roberts is a member of the AECB (and Scottish Ecological Design Association) and for the past 15 years he has worked with community groups to develop their ideas for building projects and see these through to completion – including a community project to build energy efficient, adaptable rural housing on the island of Lindisfarne.

Duncan began his career as an architectural assistant and co-op member of the Architects and Builders Co-operative (Hull) Ltd and went on to join City Design Co-op in Scotland where he became a Director. He was a Studio Design Tutor at Strathclyde University, Dept. of Architecture and Building Science and also lectured in sustainability at the Edinburgh School of Art.

Venue Details . . . .

Unless notified otherwise the AECB regional meetings will take place at Northumbria University, Ellison Building, Ellison Place, NE1 8ST (location 8 on the link below). Meet up in the reception area at 18:00 bar before moving to a ground floor seminar room (by about 18:15).   For a map showing the location see:
http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/brochure/visit/campus_branch/ncle_cmp/city_campus/  For those that arrive by car there is parking adjacent to location 19 on the link above (just before you go under Mea House.)

About the Group Leader . . . .

Mark Siddall is a practicing architect that has a keen interest in addressing the gap between theoretical and delivered building performance. Issues of usability and practicality inform his approach and have increasingly led to an appreciation of the need for an integrated, consensus based, design process. He was project architect, and Passivhaus Designer, for 25 award winning, Passivhaus Certified dwellings at the Racecourse Estate, Houghton-le-Spring. He was also project architect on a number of award winning retrofits that targeted an 80% reduction in carbon emissions. In addition to offering architectural services Mark provides consultancy, energy analysis, project enabling and training for clients, design teams and constructors. He is a technical advisor to the PassivHaus Trust and a part time Senior Lecturer in Construction at Northumbria University.


February 7, 2013
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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