The August BSBM is Tuesday 8th from 7pm at the Battle of Trafalgar, 34 Guildford Road, BN1 3LW. Please do bring your ideas, drawings and projects along for an informal discussion! Everyone very welcome. Details
Just a reminder that it’s BSBM tomorrow evening, Tuesday 11th July from 7pm at the Battle of Trafalgar, 34 Guildford Road, BN1 3LW. Please do bring your ideas, drawings and projects along for an informal discussion! Everyone very welcome. Details
The Hove ‘Passivhaus’ tour on Tuesday was very well attended and received. Philip Proffit of naked house who supplied the timber frame system was also on hand to answer questions. There should be a tour later in the year when the project is complete.
So the ‘Passivhaus’ new build tour at 31 Old Shoreham Road, Hove BN3 6NR is tomorrow evening, Tuesday 20th June at 7pm. Please arrive on time as I expect we will have to lock the gate when the tour begins. The site is just off the junction of Shirley Drive and Old Shoreham Road and there is parking nearby but not on site. Hard hats are mandatory so please bring one if you have one as there are only one or two spares on site. I imagine the tour will take around an hour and a half and we may retire to a local pub afterwards. The tour is fully booked.
The tour of the ‘Passivhaus’ new build at 31 Old Shoreham Road, Hove BN3 6NR at 7pm on Tuesday 20th June is now fully booked so if anyone who is confirmed can no longer attend please let me know ASAP as there is a waiting lsit
There will be a site tour of the ‘Passivhaus’ new build at 31 Old Shoreham Road, Hove BN3 6NR at 7pm on Tuesday 20th June. The timber frame will be partially complete so it’s an exciting time to see the build. Hard hats are mandatory so please bring one if you have one as there are only one or two spares on site. I imagine we will retire to a local pub afterwards. Please let me know if you plan to attend, even as late as on the day / evening.
I’m planning a tour of the latest stage in the renovation to my house, most notably a loft conversion which is in full swing and should be at an interesting stage for the BSBM meeting in JUNE on the 13th. So instead of meeting at the Trafalgar I’m suggesting meeting on site (92 Livingstone Road, Hove, BN3 3WL) at 7pm and then we can head to a local pub around 8ish. I’ll reconfirm nearer the time, but please let me know if you’re interested. Phase 1 of the renovation was completed in 2014 and included external wall insulation and triple glazing.
Very lively meeting last night with lots of old & new faces. Good to see Martin ‘rocket stove’ Hughes talking about his new build in the woods. Next meeting Tuesday 8th December. Details
Just a reminder that it’s BSBM tomorrow night, Tuesday 10th November from 7pm at the Battle of Trafalgar, 34 Guildford Road, BN1 3LW. Please bring your ideas and projects along for an informal discussion! Everyone very welcome. December’s meeting is on the 8th. Details
The University of Brighton Cockcroft Building has undergone a sustainable retrofit and the architects Fraser Brown Mackenna have proposed a guided tour, perhaps one Wednesday afternoon in the New Year. Please let me know if you are interested and I’ll set things up.
Some great stuff – Making Lewes 12 -20 September
How to ‘Avoid Claims’ by Understanding Your JCT Contract or ‘Nip them in the Bud’ when they Arise
Ecobuild is getting smaller every year and must be half the size it was 2 – 3 years ago but still worthwhile. Interesting talk about biomimicry and how we might make bio materials which perhaps have a shorter working life but are part of a fully closed loop system and so reduce carbon overall. Liked EBS offering of ESB which is like OSB but much more vapour open so could be used externally with OSB internally and maintain a good balance of relative vapour openness across the structure.
Two evenings focused on CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain report
Lots to talk about as always at tomorrow nights BSBM, Tuesday 13th January From 7pm at the Battle of Trafalgar, 34 Guildford Road, BN1 3LW. Details
Good turnout and very informative CPD on all things related to trees and planning by Innovation Group Environmental Services. Especially interested in ArborRaft system which can be used directly on the ground above tree roots to provide a base for a concrete slab. Many thanks to Phlorum for hosting.
Anyone interested in attending this?
Saturday’s Eco Open House was a success with 43 visitors from all walks of life. Running through the logic of what I’d done half a dozen times helped me clarify my thoughts. Retrofit is complicated and very site/situation specific. The take up of cement and oil based finishes in the 20th century means the vast majority of solid walled buildings are sealed up meaning the fabric is likely to be degrading either quickly or at least slowly. We need to return to a breathable fabric and so ‘traditional’ methods, i.e. lime, perhaps with a bit of technology thrown in. External wall insulation (EWI) is no different and a blanket approach pushed by the big players using oil based insulation is not applicable in many cases. I accept oil based EWI has it’s place for ‘modern’ construction where DPCs, cavities, overhangs etc etc can keep the fabric dry but cannot see how a relatively unbreathable oil based insulation on solid walls will not simply act in a similar manner to cement based render, trapping moisture. Is the likely take up of EWI to meet our carbon obligations not an opportunity to put right the errors of the 20th century and return our buildings to health?
Lime plaster – brickwork – woodfibre insulation – lime render : breathable
The Eco Open Houses event kicks off this weekend, Saturday/Sunday 18th/19th and continues next weekend. I’m undertaking an exemplar woodfibre external wall insulation project to my Victorian terrace which will be at a very exciting phase tomorrow with all the insulation exposed, but viewing is only possible for the single day.
The Eco Open Houses event is taking place the last 2 weekends of this month, and needs volunteers, particularly on the first weekend – Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th, both mornings and afternoons. You do not need to have knowledge of green buildings – though that is a bonus; the most important quality is that you are friendly and reliable, as you will be supporting the householder to make the event a success. Do email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be involved
Lots of exciting Eco Open houses as always to visit this year on weekends of 18-19 and 25-26 October. I’m doing an exemplar external wall insulation to the rear of my own house and there’s also one of my projects in Rottingdean where we’ve done a ‘Passivhaus’ loft as part of a whole house renovation.
The AECB conference was Friday & Saturday just past. Always worth the effort and time to attend. Great to speak to old and new friends and most importantly see the latest developments. For me the ideas of more collaboration and consolidation with the industry are exciting and also fantastic to hear that we may soon have a well reasoned retrofit guidance via the Carbonlite Retrofit Programme through the AECB.
The PassivPOD designed by Koru architects and Jim Miller Design was launched yesterday in the Sunday Times. Readers can now view the the scheme along with the other shortlisted designs online and vote for their favourite scheme. Please support the PassivPOD and vote now!
AECB members met at the offices of Koru Architects in Hove last night for a preview of the PassivPOD designed by Koru Architects and JMD. PassivPOD is the response to the Sunday Times competition to design a Passivhaus lake side holiday home and shortlisted entries will be officially launched in the Sunday Times this weekend, Sunday 22nd June. Readers can then vote on line for their preferred scheme and the winning entry will be built.
Just a few words to say a big thank you to Stuart of Build Different who very kindly showed a bunch of BSB members around his warehouse last night. It was exciting to see a whole house in the final stages of being built under cover, rather than in the inclement British weather. The modular house will be completely fitted out right down to tiling and then split into sections and taken up to Aberdeen on lorries. Performance should be near Passivhaus with SIPS walls, excellent airtightness, MVHR and triple glazed fenestration.
Stuart of Build different is building a modular low energy house in a factory in Worthing soon to be shipped up to Aberdeen. As a first for BSB, we are planning a site visit this coming Monday 19th at 6.30pm. Address is Unit 3, Meadow Depot, Meadow Road, Worthing BN11 2SA. All welcome, but please let me or stuart know if you are coming along.
The Green Deal might not have been the greatest piece of legislation ever, but for a limited time there’s £4k cashback on external wall insulation which could prove very worthwhile. Consider breathable woodfibre insulation such as Diffutherm
Ecobuild seems to be getting a little smaller every year… Internorm had individual MVHR units built into it’s windows, Compacfoam had a stand, couple of companies offering timber sliding sashes with a hidden sliding systems and impressed by knowledge and products at Back to Earth
Three Eco Open Houses events to look forward to this year. Eco Open Houses Brighton & Hove will take place over two weekends, from 18 – 19 October to 25 – 26 October 2014, Eco Open Houses Worthing (12 – 13 April 2014) and Eco Open Houses Steyning (27 April 2014)
The Architecture Foundation is delighted to present Exploration Architecture: Designing with Nature, the first ever solo show of Exploration, a thought-leading architecture and design practice working in the field of biomimicry.
BSB September meeting is tomorrow evening, Tuesday 10th from 7pm at Battle of Trafalgar, 34 Guildford Road, BN1 3LW. All welcome. We will be discussing airtigthness modelling and lots more and saying goodbye to Will. Please get in touch if you fancy coming along.
Just to say that there are some great Eco Open Houses in Lewes this year, and as usual, Lewes packs a bigger ‘sustainable’ punch than it’s size would suggest!
Just a reminder that the Point 6 Projects seminar is on tonight, Friday 7 June between 4 – 6pm. Note the change of venue to HOTEL DU VIN, Brighton at the bottom of Ship Street. Please do let Anmarie at Point 6 Projects know if you’re coming.
This Friday’s Passivahus Construction Seminar – now to be held at Hotel du Vin, Brighton. Come along to hear about Point 6 Projects very exciting Certified Passivhaus, Oyster Falls in Croyde Bay, North Devon and lots of hands on details on how to build low energy buildings. This Friday 7 June 2013, 4 – 6 PM. All welcome, contact Anmarie at Point 6 Projects
I’ve been contacted by a Point 6 Projects who build Passivhaus buildings across the UK and thought a seminar on the practicalities of PH building might be of interest. Please see attached and contact Anmarie directly to reserve a place and I’ll see you there!
Thursday, 21st March 2013 from 09:00 – 13:00
Holiday Inn, Gatwick Worth Hotel, Crawley
The workshop is free for eligible businesses*.
To book your place email: email@example.com
Just a reminder that February’s Brighton Sustainable Building (BSB) Drinks will be next week, Tuesday 12th February at the Battle of Trafalgar pub 34 Guildford Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 3LW from 7pm.
BSB meet every second Tuesday of the month. Please get in touch for more details.
Passivhaus – An Introduction to
Performance & Costs in Newbuild & Retrofit
Justin Bere is a leader in the adoption of the Passivhaus standard in the UK and one of
its pioneers of ecological and environmental design. The Jurys Inn Brighton Hotel 101 Stroudley Road, Brighton BN1 4DJ, beside Brighton Railway Station. This Thursday 7th February 2013.
Happy New Year! Good to see everyone in December. January’s BSB drinks are less than a week away on Tuesday 8th, Battle of Trafalgar Pub near Brighton train station, from 7pm.
BSB meet every second Tuesday of the month. Please get in touch for more details.
The last seminar on airtightness received very positive feedback with many commenting that it was ‘very informative’ and several asking for more!
Andrew Farr of the Green Building Store is one of the best technical guys around and has agreed to run a seminar in Brighton in January which I would suggest will follow a simialar format to last time.
Possible dates are during the weeks commencing 14th Jan or 21st Jan but not Fridays, so could I suggest the evening of Monday 14th or Monday 21st January?
Please let me know if you’re interested and your availability so I know numbers.
All the best
5 December 9am – 1pm Hove Town Hall
Free half day workshop highlighting best practice examples of sustainable refurbishment. Hosted by Remade, Ecosys and GreenSpec. For more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Miller Design has just completed a full renovation of a Victorian cottage in the Shoreham by Sea Conservation area with glazed extension and loft conversion and sustainable features. Please contact JMD if you would like to attend the Open House event this Saturday morning the 3rd November 2012
Ecological Building Systems will be running a free airtightness seminar on Monday 19th November between 6 – 8pm at the Brighton Junction, Brighton. After a 1 hour run through on the principles of airtightness there will be a hands on demonstration of airtightness products followed by questions. Places are free but limited and if you wish to attend please contact Jim Miller design.
This Saturday the 15th October sees the return of the Eco Energy Fair event at the Brighthelm Centre in Brighton showcasing 20 local organisations alongside a day of talks covering wind farms, energy consumption, the Green Deal and Planning. See the website for more details.
For more information on how renewables might integrate into your project please get in touch.
One for the diary, Saturday 15th October sees the return of the Eco Energy Fair event at the Brighthelm Centre in Brighton with eco stalls and some interesting speakers. See the website for more details.
For more information on how renewables might integrate into your project please get in touch
Lots of exciting green renovations and new builds to wander round, starting on Thursday this week, the 8th September until Sunday 11th. See the website for more details.
If you’re not yet aware of the Open Door event running in Brighton and Hove between 8 -11 September then you’re missing a fantastic opportunity to visit some amazing locations not normally open to the public. The website suggests there are still places on the tour of the Masonic Lodge in Brighton but this is just one of over a 100 events ranging from grand houses, talks and even the chance to visit Brighton’s magnificent sewers!
Brighton Permaculture Trust have just launched a nifty little one day course aimed at anyone who wants to make their home warmer, healthier and cheaper to run. Open to everyone including home owners, landlords, builders and architects, participants will learn about practical changes they can make to their homes, ranging from DIY projects to major alterations.
The course has been designed by Mischa Hewitt (of Brighton Earth Ship fame) who is well placed to run such an event, ensuring everyone should get a huge amount from the day.
Anyone considering anything more than a small project may wish to take advantage of a free consultation with a sustainable architectural practice.
This Saturday, the 27th of September, sees the launch of Nigel’s Eco Market, a brand new event in the calendar for Brighton and Hove.
There promises to be a plethora of eco wonders including upcycled furniture, refashioned jewellery and even a pop up vintage tea shop selling delicious homemade food.
Jim Miller from Jim Miller Design Ltd and David Porter from Efficient Refurbs will be there promoting sustainable buildings and answering your questions on all matters Green. There will be samples galore and one lucky winner will receive a free Home Energy Report. You can also book a free Home Energy Survey or a free Architectural Consultation to discuss your renovation, extension or new build. Have you heard about the government’s Green Deal plans yet?
The event is free so there’s no excuse not to pop along!