Petition for transparency in EPC’s – The EPC Amnesty

In our office we are often very dismissive of EPC’s due to the poor standard of on-site surveying, which often defines the rating. This is something which must be improved, however the rating system is in place and it is functioning to a reasonable degree. A step in the right direction if you like. The bigger problem with the EPC is that there is no evidence of the ratings steering consumer choice, other countries such as Australia have seen the...

Thermal bridge-free foundations

The next steps in delivering our high thermal performance foundations is underway on site. Hassocks Parish Council have commissioned us to deliver a forward thinking community building, our reaction to this is literally from the ground up! A figure bounded about in the green world for the effect of “thermal bridges” in highly insulated buildings is in the region of 20% of the energy lost through the entire building envelope. We have reduced the losses through thermal bridging in this building...

Sussex Coast College – Low carbon test bed

Ecotecture has had positive feedback from Sussex Coast College on our scheme for a low carbon test bed. We have sponsored the project with hours spent in the office developing a detailed drawing set which will provide an excellent environment for construction students to learn to build green. The property has been designed using Passivhaus principles of orientation, super insulation and very low air permeability. Ecotecture has thrown in a few awkward surprises in there for good measure, we want...

Tidal power considered higher risk than nuclear!

We are outraged to find that the Severn Estuary tidal plans have been ditched in favour of nuclear power. This decision has been taken at the same time as the cuts across the board, in all sectors, effecting everyone, however this is not to be considered a cut!  This massive tragedy is represents a increase in financial outlay per kwh energy produced on behalf of the British tax payers. This may not happen immediately, however this does not reduce the...

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...

Hassocks parish council – sports pavilion & community facilities

Works have started on our community project in West Sussex. We are overseeing the development of a pavilion / community facilities on behalf of the local parish council. The project has had to overcome issues with load bearing capacity of the soil as a result of the soil tests showing the ground to be inadequate. Gemech ground improvements are currently being installed under the thickening's in the raft foundation, the Gemech stone piles are driven into the ground to exert pressure...

AECB conference

The 1st of October is drawing near, the big annual green building event is nearly upon us! Every year members of the Ecotecture team make the trip to various locations throughout the uk for this one of a kind conference. This year the event is being held in the newly completed WISE building (Wales Institute of Sustainable Education) at the existing site of CAT (centre of alternative technology) There will be guides around the site by the architects and...

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...