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Free advice! show us your designs and we’ll improve the energy performance

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in news | Comments Off on Free advice! show us your designs and we’ll improve the energy performance

We know how to make your buildings more energy efficient without costing you more to build (in fact a lot of our suggestions are likely to make it easier or cheaper) Whether you’re going for full Passivhaus, or just want to make an improvement we can help.   Why are we doing this? We understand spending money in the early days of a project is usually at risk, but this is where the greatest impact (and true value engineering) can take place.  So we’re doing it for free, with no obligation to employ us later either. Just send us an explanation of the project including an idea of the current energy strategy, along with any drawings, sketches or ideas that are currently on the table. What will I get? We will give you our top 5 design changes to improve thermal performance and comfort.  The intention will be to focus on changes that don’t impact on cost but we may stray from this if we think it’s worth it. Send your projects to (p.s. please be kind to our inbox and use wetransfer or similar) Please note that we can’t guarantee a time-frame, and the suggestions are not based on modelling or calculations but rather an eyeball over the scheme.  We reserve the right to not give advice, in which case we will give a...

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Rainham

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

Rainham

Our role Passivhaus consultancy Mechanical services design – pre-planning Daylight & sunlight modelling, planning energy reports The project: 51 social (affordable rental) homes comprising 34 houses in 3 terraces and 17 flats in one apartment block located in Rainham, Havering. Our focus: The aim was to make the form as simple as possible to ensure Passivhaus was easily achievable. We provided Passivhaus design support from concept to completion including thermal bridge modelling, airtightness training, ventilation commissioning support and user guides. We successfully negotiated Passivhaus Certification in lieu of the 15% renewables obligation that the planning authority required.  The team:  The client/contractor is Climate Energy Homes for Circle Housing and Old Ford, The architects are MaccreanorLavington/ BDG Design .  Certification by Co-create  ...

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Germanisms – Friday fun

Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in news | Comments Off on Germanisms – Friday fun

In our quest to further understand the Passivhaus standard Karl has found these gems of translation:   ‘Who does not know her, enduring the tiresome discussion during the school years: Window auf! on! – Fenster zu! – Window!’ (Google Translation of a PHI Document)   ‘Be enough de piping’ ‘De long pipeline’ (online translations of presumably length of ductwork, from PHLuft   Name for a Passivhaus swimming pool (according to Google translate of a webpage) is “Bad Lip” Google translate goes on to say: “Everyone was able to explore the bathroom and certainly has rapidly among five existing pelvic areas his favourite place.”...

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Send us your technical questions

Posted by on Nov 19, 2012 in news | Comments Off on Send us your technical questions

Hi, my name is Sophie, I have just started work with WARM. I’ll be looking after the website now. We’d love to hear from you if you have any tricky technical questions. Email me and we’ll pick a few and answer them on the blog sophie@peterwarm.co.uk  

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Ford Close Review

Posted by on Jul 5, 2012 in news | Comments Off on Ford Close Review

After 4 years of involvement Ford Close in St Ive, Cornwall has finally been completed and certified.  This was our first scheme and so its a very proud moment for us. There was a desire from the client, design team and planners to create something bespoke and interesting, not the easiest when we also were keen for a simple form.  This result: thermal and aesthetic forms were disengaged (see right) with a simple thermal envelope and then pitched roofs, overhangs, balconies and porches added on top.  This simplicity made it easier to achieve low airtightness and minimal thermal bridging when we got down to the details.Over this winter we also undertook a co-heating test which showed very clear relationship between the actual and predicted heating energy requirements.  Here it is shown against a number of projects undertaken by the Centre of the Built Environment at Leeds Metropolitan University. Details of the specific projects can be obtained from Leeds Met.  Ford Close (blue) has the closest relationship of any of the measured buildings, phew!  We have started monitoring the energy usage (all electric heating so critical) so will report on how we get on.  Looking forward we want to help the residents use the ventilation systems more effectively, and then ultimately to do a follow up project with a much tighter budget – we think we can deliver a zero extra cost PH social housing development, let us know if you’re interested!      ...

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