Posts by liammg

Goldsmith St.

Posted by on May 4, 2018 in Projects | Comments Off on Goldsmith St.

Goldsmith St.

Our role: Mechanical services design Passivhaus consultancy   The project: ~100 dwellings for Norwich City Council.  The scheme comprises a mix of 2- and 3-storey houses and apartment blocks. We have developed simple services with the focus on designing for install, commissioning and use. As Passivhaus consultants our input has been most notable on the glazing design, where we have helped balance heat loss, overheating risk and daylight design. The architects are Riches Hawley Mikhail and we have worked with GreenGauge on the building services. Follow this link to see a drone footage of Goldsmith Street Passivhaus under construction: https://vimeo.com/262950617 The team: Norwich City Council: www.norwich.gov.uk Riches Hawley Mikhail: www.rhmarchitects.com...

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Meditation Centre

Posted by on May 4, 2018 in Projects | Comments Off on Meditation Centre

Meditation Centre

Our role: Ventilation services design   The project: A new meditation centre in Hereford     Our focus: We undertook the mechanical ventilation design for the new pagoda at a meditation centre.  There were some very specific requirements, in particular very stringent acoustic criteria which required some novel thinking, research and collaboration.   The team: Client: Dhamma Padhana Architect: Constructive Individuals Architectural...

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PHPP WARM Results Sheet v6.06 Released

Posted by on Nov 25, 2016 in news | Comments Off on PHPP WARM Results Sheet v6.06 Released

PHPP WARM Results Sheet v6.06 Released

Dear all, Version 6.06 of our results sheet has just been released – now with added goodness! Click to download:   PHPP WARM Results Sheet v6.07 (204.2 KiB, 5,331 hits) The biggest update is a button that automates the process of recording the current PHPP results in the “revision history” table. The sheet is also now compatible with PHPP 9.6. Important note: the button uses a macro to do its magic. Therefore, it will only work if the PHPP you are using is saved as a macro-enabled spreadsheet (.xlsm). However, you can still use the results sheet in a PHPP saved as .xlsx, it’s just that the button won’t do anything and you will have to copy and paste results manually. Full instructions on how to insert the sheet into your PHPP, and how to use it, are in the sheet itself. Compatible with all versions of PHPP 8 and 9, up to PHPP...

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The Truth is Out There (Window Specifications)

Posted by on Aug 15, 2016 in Guides | Comments Off on The Truth is Out There (Window Specifications)

The Truth is Out There (Window Specifications)

(Post by Karl and Liam)   Glazing Frame Evidence Required for Passivhaus (140.8 KiB, 2,496 hits)   Glazing Frame Specifications for Passivhaus (87.0 KiB, 2,211 hits) In a darkened basement there is a series of files, full of mystery and unanswered questions. The investigations held within these files are frequently hampered by a wall of secrecy which surrounds the subject matter. At every turn there seem to be half-truths and prevarication, with questions being sidestepped or overlooked. However, the investigators aren’t looking for proof of alien abductions, a vast conspiracy in the military-industrial complex or even the cause of some strange events in backwoods Virginia, likely caused by a limited gene pool and a chemical waste leak. They just want to know the U-values for some window frames and glazing. We’ve lost count of the number of times we’ve asked for this information. We know it’s out there because it’s essential for BFRC certification, apart from anything else, but most manufacturers really struggle to provide it. When asked which window manufacturers to approach, it’s so much easier to suggest ones who are able to give us this essential data without the hassle of an email trail as long as Hilary Clinton’s list of deleted messages, or a series of phone calls long enough to send an FBI phone-tapper into a stupor. This is far from ideal: we would prefer, as both Designers and Certifiers, to be able to identify the best windows for any given project based on their technical performance. So, for the benefit of window suppliers and manufacturers, we’ve developed an Excel sheet and PDF, which tell you exactly what we need to know and to what standard the numbers should have been calculated to. Please make the evidence and filled-out spreadsheet easily accessible and downloadable from your website, and you’ll earn the gratitude of legions of Passivhaus designers beavering away at their projects. They’ll probably want to specify your windows, too. The truth is out there – please help us to find out what it is. PDF (read this and upload thermal reports to your website):   Glazing Frame Evidence Required for Passivhaus (140.8 KiB, 2,496 hits) Excel sheet (fill this out and upload to your website):   Glazing Frame Specifications for Passivhaus (87.0 KiB, 2,211...

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PHPP WARM Results Sheet v6.03 Released

Posted by on Mar 9, 2016 in news | Comments Off on PHPP WARM Results Sheet v6.03 Released

PHPP WARM Results Sheet v6.03 Released

Dear all, We have released version 6.03 of the PHPP WARM Results Sheet, which can be downloaded here:   PHPP WARM Results Sheet v6.07 (204.2 KiB, 5,331 hits) The biggest improvement is that it now works with PHPP 8.4. The other changes are minor, and have all been focussed on making it look nicer 🙂 . Hope you like it.

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