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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...

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...

SOUTH EAST AECB LOCAL GROUP MEETING – WEDNESDAY 25TH JULY 2012 @ 6.30PM

Dear South East AECB member, WEDNESDAY 25TH JULY @ 6.30PM We have been kindly invited by Duncan Baker Brown of BBM Sustainable Design Ltd to view one of their projects which involved a green retrofit of a 1950's house.   The address for the site is as follows: 40 Varndean Garden, Brighton, BN1 6WL Unfortunately we have a restriction on numbers so we will have to adopt a first come first served approach to this, therefore please let us know by e-mail (mel@ecotecture.co.uk) if you will definitely be...

AECB SOUTH EAST VISIT

Dear South East AECB member, WEDNESDAY 18TH APRIL 2012 @ 6.30PM We have been invited by Ciaran Wood of Object Assemble to view Hillymead, a near Passivhaus dwelling in a rural location with the design having to overcome difficulties with local planning requirements . Ciaran has a wide range of experience of building low energy properties and has been developing his own home using the standards and techniques he has learnt over the years. His approach to the construction is unique and...

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...

London Eco Home Exchange

There are all sorts of benefits to swapping your home with someone in a London Eco Home Exchange program. You can save money, support sustainable tourism, have a comfortable holiday with all the luxuries of home, and know that your home is safely inhabited by trustworthy travellers while you are out of town. Green Home Exchange When you swap homes with someone in a London Eco Home Exchange program such as the ‘The Green Theme Home Exchange’ or Gum Tree House Exchange...

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...