River Studio 2013; Enerphit Certified, Passivhaus Architect’s office
We worked with Sjölander da Cruz Architects in Birmingham providing Passivhaus design advice, building services design and site support. Whilst only the steel frame remains of the original agriculture building, this presented a number of challenges as well as opportunities. The Tumbler blog can be viewed here. River Studio was shortlisted for the Passivhaus Trust awards 2014.
Issue 9 of Passive House Plus Magazine contains an in depth article on the project. The online article can be viewed here.
Images courtesy of Sjölander da Cruz Architects.
Genesis Centre 2006; Somerset College of Arts & Technology
Elemental Solutions worked with Architype to develop the water pavilion, a study in eco-minimal water efficiency measures. We also provided design advice to improve other aspects of the building performance. This was achieved through a process of radical simplification and improvement of thermal performance. This was the start of an ongoing collaboration leading to Architype adopting Passivhaus as their preferred performance standard.
Tiny Guitar Workshop
This self-built workshop by retired architect David Anderson is designed to ensure a stable environment suitable for making top quality classical guitars. The design uses Passivhaus details and triple glazed fenestration to achieve a very stable temperature and RH throughout the year. The poor form factor (large heat loss area
relative to useful floor area) is offset by the high gains per square metre. See the Aachen paper and article on small Passivhaus buildings here.