Author: JakeWhite

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Chilgrove Business Centre – Air tightness results!

[caption id="attachment_1243" align="aligncenter" width="384"] Chilgrove Business Centre nearing completion.[/caption] Jake White from Ecotecture has just overseen the air pressure test on our office development, just north of Chichester. The project has been a year and a half in development, so we have been awaiting the pressure test results for a considerable time. HRS services tested the building and found it achieved 0.67m3/m2/hour @ 50 pascals. [caption id="attachment_1240" align="aligncenter" width="384"] View from communal lounge.[/caption] To make some sense of this near Passivhaus result, the...

Next AECB South East Meet up confirmed!

For the next AECB South East meet up, we have kindly been invited to visit Chilgrove Farm Barn, a super low energy office conversion. The project utilises an existing concrete Atcost frame, which has been retained within the building envelope. The project utilises super efficient heat recovery and ventilation system and a large 30kw photovoltaic array.  The building will be delivered as an A on the EPC rating. (please see link below for further details). http://www.ecotecture.co.uk/index.php/portfolio/chilgrove-farm-barn/ We have arranged the visit for...

RIBA & AECB join up for site visit to The Curly House.

Many of the usual faces, that form the AECB south east group, where out on a jolly last Saturday. But in addition to those regular members, we have some new comers too. The site visit was advertised online to RIBA south east members as a joint venture to help promote the AECB, and expand our circle of friends and colleagues. The first site of two visited on the day, was The Curly House, designed by Ecotecture Architects with consultancy from Kithurst...

The Orchard – Kicks off on site

I have just got back from a site visit in Manning's Heath, West Sussex. The client has asked us to come and over see the works we have helped design, on an ad-hoc basis. We are happy to be involved with progress on site, particularly as our client has fully embraced the "fabric first" approach. The Orchard is the retrofit and conversion of an existing commercial building to a new dwelling. The "fabric first" approach was identified at an early stage as a key to "being...

The Curly House: The Latest

The Curly House in the Sussex Downs has made leaps and bounds since our last blog on the project. Kithurst builders have now installed the Op-Deck roofing system to the lower ground and ground floor. The product links seamlessly with the Nudura ICF product and produces U-values of 0.1w/m2k as standard. The contractor spent a lot of time ensuring that the services are in place prior to the pouring of the concrete core within the ICF and over the OP-Deck system. There are...

Hassocks sports pavilion Air-tightness success

The project has been a long time in the making, the design of the building has from the outset been well considered with a keen focus on the buildings air-tightness. This is particularly appropriate for a building of this nature, the high humidity caused by teams showering in the changing facilities requires an excellent ventilation solution. What comes with lots of ventilation, is typically lots of loss, however the employment of mechanical ventilation and heat recovery can reduce those losses by up...

Greener ideas for secure bike parking

Ecotecture have joined forces with Haywards Heath Town Council in an experiment to enhance our town with trial of a ‘Plant lock’. As part of a move to promote greener transport options whilst cost effectively greening the town with minimum outlay the plant lock offers a simple solution providing steel bars to lock up your bike as part of a robust planter. The Plant Lock is seen as an experiment and is for use by the general public. It is planned...

@BanTheCavity is launched

  @BanTheCavity has been set up to encourage debate over the use of typical UK construction method, the cavity wall. We at Ecotecture will be uploading images and linking in articles which show the weak points of cavity wall construction. Some of the images will be from past projects that we have learnt from, other images will be of projects we stumble upon locally. We have taken the pledge to never construct another building with a cavity wall construction (with the exception of...

The Curly House makes good progress, as the sun comes out

The project located along the south downs way has benefited from the improved weather conditions. The last two month have been extremely difficult for the construction industry. The sun appearing on a more regularly basis has been much welcomed and considerable progress has resulted.     The project is now up to ground floor slab level with the underfloor heating being cast in place within the structural deck that the "opdeck" system provides. This had to be installed before the exterior walls were in...

Hassocks parish council – sports pavilion & community facilities

  Progress on site shows the roof construction taking shape & the insulation being applied to the exterior walls highlights the buildings contemporary form. The design of  the building is one of simplicity. Passivhaus’ tend to be buildings of low surface area to volume ratios. The Image below shows the simplicity of the “thermal envelope”. The buildings SA/V ratio = 0.9, typical Passivhaus buildings have a SA/V ratio of 1.0 to 0.2. As an example if you were to build two buildings...