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Mouldy Passivhaus and Why We Need Air

Edge House 3d annotated-green-blogI was concerned to read in a recent RIBA journal (Feb/March 2013) about Passivhaus’s being built in Belgium without proper ventilation. It is a scary thought that while the building regulations in this country are leaning more and more towards air tight buildings, ventilation is getting overlooked or not properly designed. According to the RIBA journal, one Passivhaus in Belgium had to be condemned with occupants suffering from itching skin and allergies. The cause was an earth pipe used to bring in warm air from the outside which was not watertight, causing moist bacteria filled air to enter the building. Continue Reading →

February 21, 2013

Now exhibiting….

78 Derngate imageI attended a preview open evening to an exhibition I have contributed to at 78 Derngate, Northampton recently. It was a showcase of contemporary architecture by architecture practices of 7 or less employees in Northamptonshire. Continue Reading →

February 12, 2013

Simple Eco and a New Eco Vernacular – how I apply my research in practice

A few years ago I took a trip around the world looking at case studies that had used vernacular technologies to great effect in modern sustainable housing design. I wrote this up as part of my masters at Oxford Brookes University (while simultaneously setting up my own practice). This research has greatly effected how I design today and I wanted to share one such example with you.

simple eco

The brief was to design a 4 bedroom + annexe eco farmhouse in a local village.

For this design I looked at existing farmhouses in this country particularly Sanders Longhouse in Dartmoor and a local farmhouse to me. I looked at the vernacular Continue Reading →

February 12, 2013

Women in Architecture

pink hatI listened recently to a really interesting programme broadcast on Radio 4 about women architects in the United Arab Emirates. There are many parallels with women architects in this country including issues with long working hours, child care support and being listened to in a male dominated environment. Here are my musings from the programme: Continue Reading →

February 5, 2013