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Title: Passivhaus architect?
Post by: dan_b on March 19, 2019, 06:59:22 PM
Friend of mine is buying a plot of land and wants to build a Passivhaus new build family home on it.  Looking for any architects/ designers / builders - perhaps based in Reading/ Berkshire area ideally - any suggestions?


Title: Re: Passivhaus architect?
Post by: dan_b on March 22, 2019, 09:02:37 AM
/\ bump /\ anyone?


Title: Re: Passivhaus architect?
Post by: biff on March 22, 2019, 09:31:38 AM
Tinbum might know.
       I know that such architects have been mentioned here on the Forum not that long ago .
  Come on folks. ?
             Biff


Title: Re: Passivhaus architect?
Post by: biff on March 22, 2019, 09:40:18 AM
I imagine that a good place to start looking would be  an architect s office and ask them do they have a passivhaus side to their business .
   The important thing to remember. Is to ask to see past work achievements. We have had stories of so called passivhaus architects using clients like guinea pigs and clients being badly out of pocket. So a sensible approach is the one with the proven record and no fancy stuff
        Biff


Title: Re: Passivhaus architect?
Post by: Tinbum on March 22, 2019, 10:28:10 AM
Tinbum might know.
       I know that such architects have been mentioned here on the Forum not that long ago .
  Come on folks. ?
             Biff

Sorry no I don't know of any.


Title: Re: Passivhaus architect?
Post by: Tigger on March 22, 2019, 10:30:51 AM
Just a thought, how about talking to the folks at the local planning office, they may well know somebody and will probably be more 'on side' from the outset that way......


Title: Re: Passivhaus architect?
Post by: A.L. on March 22, 2019, 11:05:38 AM
hello,

P.M. sent


Title: Re: Passivhaus architect?
Post by: Moxi on March 22, 2019, 11:44:25 AM
Hi Dan_B

Making and enquiry with my uncle (architect) to see if he is able, or knows of anyone local who is, for you.

Moxi


Title: Re: Passivhaus architect?
Post by: Moxi on March 22, 2019, 03:21:57 PM
 Sorry Dan B uncle Colin isnít to the standard and doesnít know anyone in the area sorry.


Title: Re: Passivhaus architect?
Post by: kristen on March 27, 2019, 11:04:34 AM
I used Eco Design Consultants in Milton Keynes, no idea how far they cover though. Nothing but good things to say about the input they provided and job they did.

http://www.ecodesignconsultants.co.uk/

I retained local architect (onside with Passive House but not skilled) and quality builder (don't care what you want, so long as it is on the plans that's how we will build it) ... but they did need some input from Passive House consultant to be "aware" of things they had to get right.  I didn't want to afford cost of full control from Consultant, so he came onsite at specific points in project.  Dunno if that was foolish ...

Consultant objected to some design features Architect designed (with Maths to back it up :) ) and those features were ditched (from memory complicate dormer in roof which had huge thermal loss ... and a fortune in complicated Hips etc :) ... and also roof-glass (i.e. Velux-type) which he said would catch far too much sun in summer, and be a source of falling cold-air in winter. We were worried that room would not be bright enough, architect told us not to worry on that point, and turns out he was right :) )

Love the Passive House. Neither wife nor I have had a winter cough or cold in the 5-ish years since built.  Such health benefits are a known feature of course.


Title: Re: Passivhaus architect?
Post by: dan_b on March 27, 2019, 11:47:49 AM
Thanks for this, will pass on the details to my friend!