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The Nokes

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in Projects | Comments Off on The Nokes

The Nokes

Our role Mechanical services design (detailed design) The project: 9 social housing flats in a single block in Hemel Hempstead. Our focus: We designed central systems to provide ventilation and baseload heating and hot water without the need for billing.    We took particular care in designing the distribution to ensure that heat losses were minimised to save energy and also reduce the overheating risk.   We also designed the controls and user information to be as simple as possible for occupant use.   The team: Client: Dacorum Borough Council Architect/Passivhaus Designer: Chambers Goodwin and Partners Contractor:Sandwood.  Certifier: BRE...

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ChesterBalmore

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in Projects | Comments Off on ChesterBalmore

ChesterBalmore

Our role Passivhaus Certification Passivhaus consultancy   The project: 53 flats and maisonettes – 26 private, 4 intermediate, and 23 affordable   Our focus: Our role has extended beyond the confines of pure Certification, we provided initial design advice to the team, attended site regularly during construction, helped to fault find and made suggestions for improvements. We also wrote a clear occupant handbook and visited occupants to help them to use their home efficiently.   The team: Client: Camden Council Architect: Rick Mather Architects / Architype Main contractor: Willmott...

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Ford Close

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Ford Close

Our role: Passivhaus consultancy Mechanical services design Co-heating test Post occupancy monitoring & occupant support   The project: 20 social houses in rural Cornwall completed in 2011.  Passivhaus was chosen because there was no gas on the site, and the housing association had very poor experience with heat pumps.   Our focus: This was our first significant Passivhaus scheme, we provided consultancy from concept through to completion on the building fabric.    We undertook the mechanical services design, which relied heavily on electricity for heating and hot water (plus solar thermal).  Using electricity to heat meant achieving Passivhaus was critical, and we focused particularly on reducing losses from the hot water system.  We were particularly keen to see how the buildings actually performed so undertook a co-heating test on two of the dwellings.  This was one of the first such tests on a Passivhaus development.   In addition, for the whole site we took hourly data on room temperatures, humidity in addition to energy use for heating, hot water and small power.  We also carried out regular interviews with the occupants.  The results have been very interesting and fed through to our work in numerous ways from lobbying PHI regarding internal heat gains to improvements in our ventilation commissioning.    The team: Client: Aster Group Architect:Mitchell Architects  Certification by Co-create...

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RIBA says we’re great ‘collaborative consultants’!

Posted by on Apr 15, 2013 in news | Comments Off on RIBA says we’re great ‘collaborative consultants’!

We’ve always enjoyed working together with other people on a project team, so its great to be mentioned in the RIBA journal this month as one of the best collaborative consultants in the industry. Click here to read the article

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Work with us!

Posted by on Jan 30, 2013 in news | Comments Off on Work with us!

We are looking for a mechanical building services engineer to join our team in Plymouth.  The successful candidate should have a minimum of 3 years post degree experience and be working towards chartered status.  This position will help us to develop our low energy building services work, and will involve designing innovative low energy mechanical services for Passivhaus dwellings and small commercial buildings.  It will also involve energy modelling and whole building energy analysis. The successful candidate will have the following qualities: Technical understanding of heating, hot water and ventilation systems and experience of designing simple systems independently, from concept to handover. Understanding of how to calculate energy use of building services and equipment from first principles Good IT skills, particularly Excel Experience and understanding of commercial ventilation systems Committed to designing truly sustainable buildings Motivated and self-supporting Willingness to learn and help teach others (both formally and informally) Other qualities that would be advantageous: Experience in carrying out energy surveys Experience in designing buildings with heat pumps, solar thermal, biomass, CHP Commissioning of mechanical services IES/AutoCAD/Hevacomp Experience of post occupancy evaluation, monitoring and evaluation of system performance, fault finding Experience of managing budgets and project timelines Benefits of working for WARM Employee benefits include flexible working, an annual sustainable travel budget, 28 days holiday (+ bank holidays), profit linked bonus, and pension contributions.  We actively encourage personal advancement; we offer an annual budget for external CPD plus in house CPD sessions and support towards Chartered status. We are a team with a deep passion for sustainable design; it is not just a business to us.  This extends to our wider network of colleagues and clients as well, our projects by their very nature draw people who care about what they do. We are a small but influential team working on pioneering projects across the UK.  You will have the opportunity to learn from our extensive knowledge of how to engineer buildings with embedded low energy design. We have a strong culture of personal advancement.  You will be encouraged to extend your understanding and develop your own areas of interest; our role may change over time and we expect your knowledge base to change with it (you can also influence this change). We expect our employees to develop a working understanding of business management; we will actively support you to look after project budgets, find potential clients, input into company direction etc. if you have the ability and motivation to take these aspects on. We provide close supervision some of the time but are keen for you to take responsibility and provide you with opportunities to make significant decisions. Further information about the work of WARM Design – for the last four years WARM have concentrated on engineering the building fabric; thermal energy modelling to the Passivhaus standard has been the mainstay of our work. Certify – we are one of the three practicing certifiers in the UK, and have certified over 20 buildings. Teach – we strongly believe in disseminating the knowledge we have and so teach regular courses on Passivhaus design as well as providing technical lectures to RIBA, independent consultancies, conferences and Universities. Test – much of our knowledge of what a low energy building is comes from our own research.  This includes ventilation commissioning, air testing, energy monitoring, co-heating testing, thermographic surveys and of course having a go at building. Further reading: CIBSE mag publication AECB Water standards Our heroes: Bill Bordass, Wolfgang Feist & the AECB Members   Please send a cover letter and CV to sally@peterwarm.co.uk...

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