Author: Jo Saady

Ecotecture, West Sussex / Articles posted by Jo Saady

Sussex Straw Bale House on the way!

Congratulations to Jan Whitlock who is seen here at her first pre construction meeting with ground worker Tim. We are so excited to see this project moving towards a building start date this spring. The site, in a West Sussex village, is located on the periphery of the village. The exciting brief was to design a highly sustainable solution with an organic form and feel. A round hobbit like home was essentially required! Climbing the minefield that is the planning system helps...

Sustainable retrofit and extension of Cottage in Sussex

This lovely site situated in West Sussex, was a great project and brief, to transform and uplift an existing house into a new eco house with green retrofit features and ecological design. Our clients were experienced self builders and developers, however their previous projects had not centred around energy efficiency so they needed expert advice on green sustainable design. We were recommended by a planning consultant Chris Barker director at ECE planning (eceplanning.com)specifically for our design expertise in retrofit and...

The Better Choices Blog – where do we start – retrofit, extend or move?

Hi I'm Jo one of the directors of Ecotecture and Ceri and Ben who run the energy consultancy Arctium  are our retrofit clients.  They approached us in 2010, as the family of four were faced with a choice of either moving to a bigger home or addressing the needs of their current home with a possible retrofit. [caption id="attachment_1255" align="alignleft" width="270"] The effect of retrofit needs to be carefully considered for its impact on family life.[/caption]   We've started a blog to follow...

Work continues on Crescent shaped eco house

The original Nudura quote for the pre-formed insulated formwork to be delivered with preformed curves would have been very expensive. Instead our contractor adapted standard blocks by cutting and infilling to achieve the wonderful curve that forms the building. Plywood gussets are used to strengthen joints prior to pumping the concrete in. A GPS satellite system has been used for setting out and as the walls have gone up the essential need accuracy has become apparent. Because the shape is curved...

Update on Energy efficient dwelling near Chichester

Work continues on this crescent shaped dwelling near Chichester. Industrial techniques have been brought into play in order to reduce costs and more importantly save on materials to reduce embodied energy. The floor, shipped from Holland will be constructed of Opdec a material more  commonly used in car park construction in areas such as Canada who are subject to freezing temperatures. This metal sandwich deck material is concertinaed with high performance insulation and will be cast...

Sign of the times

Ecotecture are celebrating six months in their new premises. This lovely sign, hand painted by Denise Andrews, a professional sign writer who combined a personal visit with business (more details contact the office) is carried out using eco paints on external plywood, and kindly installed by Louis Stephenson. The shop window display is changed on a regular basis with the intention of demonstrating different types of products that are available on the market. The shop also has numerous samples of natu ral...

Ecotecture teams up with Parkers Building Supplies

Since moving to Haywards Heath Ecotecture have been working on forging links within the community to aid our vision towards a low carbon economy. As a result we are acting as consultants to Parker Building supplies who are building up an advisory role for contractors wanting to go green. See http://www.parkerbs.com/green-issues Accordingly Parker Building Supplies has dramatically increased its investment in the provision of sustainable products and services this year. Its main focus has been on awareness via on-line marketing, supported...

Eco architect satisfies Royal critic

Ecotecture's sustainable design has received Royal recognition when creative Director Joanna Saady met Prince Charles when he opened one of our recently completed projects. HRH the Prince of Wales officially opened the latest phase of Britain’s organic pioneers where its founder, Lawrence Woodwood OBE, personally gave the Prince advice to turn his beliefs about sustainable farming into a reality. The Organic Research Centre at Elm Farm (ORC), near Newbury in Berkshire, is the UK 's...

Victorian barn conversion with contempory twist

Work is now well underway for this unique barn conversion in Ardingly. Contractor's Kithurst Builders, with a proven track record in air tight buildings, are working in conjunction with ecotecture who are the project managers on this super energy efficient barn conversion. Building to an air tightness of 1m3/m2/hr @ 50 pascals pressure with proposed Mechancial Ventilation and Heat Recovery and air source heat pump the building will have very low energy bills in the future. Although windows are openable this...