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AECB south east regional group events

We have created a online calendar which members can subscribe to for our regional group events. The calendar is in ICAL format and it is read only so you can subscribe to it with your outlook, sunbird or your apple ICAL calendar. We will still be sending out invites via email to our regular mailing list in addition to this service. We would welcome feedback on this. http://www.google.com/calendar/ical/ecotecture.co.uk_4gh76lrcpet0jccop03cm4o1l8%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics Please copy and paste this link into your calendar application. ...

Governmental planning system reform ideals

We are avid readers of the planning portals mail-shots, fresh in today is the reform that the conservatives are proposing for the planning system. Planning portal press release We feel that this is a really important development. Our experience of planning departments shows that the system is over stretched and under funded. So change is vital for the system to maintain an effective and positive steering influence on the future of Britain built environment. The removal of regional spatial strategies does have far...

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...

Work starts on Energy Efficient Dwelling, West Sussex

Work has started on our latest replacement dwelling in West Sussex: a futuristic crescent design cut into the ground to mimimise its impact on the landscape, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The underlying soil base being chalk, foundations are being poured for the building which will contain a bat attic. This blog is the first of many documenting the development of this radical and exciting project, watch this space. ...

New offices

Ecotecture have finally exchanged on their new premises, a sustainably located office with a shop front in Sussex Road,  Haywards Heath. Haywards Heath is a mainline train station between London and Brighton. We moved in last month from serviced offices in Bolney. Now work collegues travel sustainably to work using the train from Brighton, Bus from Uckfield or cycling as Jenny, our Part 3 trainee architect does from Brighton! We also operate a car sharing system. Director Jo Saady quite literally lives...

Passivhaus Petition

For some time we have been debating in the office about Code for Sustainable Homes and Passivhaus, we feel strongly that the Code tends to receive breaks in terms of government backing where Passivhaus is forgotten about to a large degree. As a result we felt it pertinent to create a petition to try to help rectify this imbalance. Rather than saying one solution should be in place of the other. Lets be reasonable and use both when each is...

Albion Hill Air Test

Today we undertook an air test at one of our currently projects, Albion Hill. [caption id="attachment_94" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Equipment used for the air test"][/caption] The purpose of this test is to ensure that a certain level of air tightness in order to obtain a certain ecohomes assessment rating which is part of the SAPs report. The test allows us to identify weaknesses with the structure on site. Firstly the building has to be fully sealed, with all trickle vents and...

Eco sports pavilion

We are very pleased to hear that we have achieved planning permission for a low carbon sports pavilion in Adastra Park, Hassocks. The building is going to be simple but robust construction with very high levels of insulation and air tightness. We are currently approaching the funding bodies for finance of renewable energy's in solar thermal and photovoltaic's, to be used in conjunction with a low level usage air source heat pump to keep the building topped up during the...

The Great British Refurb

We are pleased to see that an independent voice in construction and building design industry has stepped up and confronted the government on there green building policies. Grand Designs and Kevin McCloud are fronting the Great British Refurb, a campaign to enable the public to feasibly refurbish there own properties without becoming a green building financial martyr. This has come at a time when the latest revision to the building regulations have made the decision to exclude mandatory improvements to whole...