Ecobuild, Excel Centre, London Docklands 2016

sustainableBYdesign will be attending Ecobuild over the three days from 08-10 March 2016:-

Tuesday 08 March 15.30: Lynne Sullivan will be speaking at the Conference on Living for Tomorrow: what will next generation housing look like, how will it perform?

Thursday 10 March 12.00: John Pratley will be co-presenting with Portsmouth City Council's Steve Groves about the on-going Wilmcote House EnerPHit retrofit, as part of the Innovative Design with Passivhaus - Latest Exemplars



Brunel University BCAST Research Facility, London

Brunel University's new Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST) is finally nearing completion. The 22 x 57 metre, free-spanning main research space houses the specialist casting and extrusion machinery used to develop lightweight prototype components for the transport industry. sustainableBYdesign were employed as lead designer for Bowmer and Kirkland contractors who have completed the building to the stringent GLA energy standards achieving an impressive air-tightness for an industrial building of 4 m3/(h.m2) at 50 Pa with a 50kwp PV array on the roof.



RIBA Ambassador for Climate Change Agenda

Lynne Sullivan has been appointed by RIBA President Jane Duncan as one of the ten architect ambassadors to improve engagement within the institute. Lynne will be pushing the Climate Change Agenda - a continuation and extension of her many years' work within the RIBA Sustainable Futures Group which she is currently chairing.


Queens Park Estate Improvements, London

CityWest Homes has appointed sustainableBYdesign to provide environmental monitoring and condition surveys for a number of typical 2-storey, Victorian terraced street properties within the Queens Park Estate Conservation Area in Westminster. The winter monitoring of internal temperature and humidity levels will be used to help suggest a package of environmental works and condensation management support, which can then be implemented on a pilot intervention basis to help residents live more comfortably within their 130-year old homes.



UK Passivhaus Conference 2015

sustainableBYdesign took part in the UK Passivhaus Conference in London this year organised by the Passivhaus Trust and BRE. John Pratley co-presented with Wally Shave from Keepmoat Construction about the on-going retrofit of Wilmcote House in Portsmouth. Titled Retrofitting at Scale the presentation describes how the EnerPHit design strategy is actually being implemented on site by the Keepmoat contracting team while the residents remain inside the three, 11-storey social housing blocks in Southsea. Guided tours of the on-going construction can be booked for Friday the 13th November via the UK Passivhaus Open Days website.



Environmental Improvements to Westminster Housing

sustainableBYdesign have completed our Report for CityWest Homes, investigating improvements to the living conditions for residents within the Hallfield Estate in Westminster, London. A full package of measures that work within the constraints of the Listed Building status have been implemented in pilot flats incorporating increased ventilation, upgraded space heating and improved insulation and moisture control of the external building fabric. Winter monitoring of the internal temperature and humidity levels in a number of flat situations - before and after the pilot interventions - have indicated that step-by-step interventions can help alleviate the poor environmental conditions experienced by some residents. The Report has helped secure a £12M City for All commitment by Westminster City Council tackling cold and damp conditions in tenanted Council housing and to work with tenants most at risk of poor health to improve their homes.



Residential Re-Use of Office Buildings, Hampton

Seventeen new apartments and triplexes created from former offices in Hampton have been launched for sale through Hamptons. sustainableBYdesign, working with their client's interior designer, carried out architectural services including detail design, of the conversion of this locally listed office building and the adjoining concrete framed office building. The initial design set the location of the proposed circulation and service cores, and subsequently the fire strategy, design of the envelope upgrade and detailed flat design to deliver luxury apartments. sustainableBYdesign also achieved planning approval for new terraces at roof level allowing top floor apartments opening up to adjacent views of Bushy park and other parts of the conservation area.



Solid Wall Insulation Commission

As part of the Green Construction Board's commission on Solid Wall Insulation led by the Chief Construction Adviser Peter Hansford, steering group and Green Construction Board members, Lynne Sullivan (sustainableBYdesign) and Rob Lambe (Willmott Dixon) accompanied Peter last week on a visit to sustainableBYdesign's project at Parkview Hub, Thamesmead, as part of the evidence gathering process. The review will address the policy, skills and technical issues related to the demand for solid wall upgrade, and make recommendations to unlock demand, improve affordability and increase its attractiveness as a key part of the UKs energy efficiency strategy.



Portsmouth Social Housing Retrofit Update

The next stage of the over-cladding of the 11-storey Wilmcote House is progressing on site. The primary steel frame is slowly advancing up the outside of the building facade while the residents remain inside, relatively un-disturbed. The steel frame will carry the new externally insulated, airtight and weatherproof envelope incorporating triple glazed windows - all designed and detailed by sustainableBYdesign to the Passivhaus EnerPHit standard.



Office to Residential Conversion, Hampton

The conversion of 30,000 sq feet of former offices to seventeen apartments overlooking Bushy Park, Hampton, designed by sustainableBYdesign, is nearing completion and will be launched this summer 2015. The design includes repositioning and rationalising stair cores and lifts, raising floor to ceiling heights at roof level, facade and thermal improvements, the creation of loft terraces and rooflights, and full interior fit out in collaboration with the client's interior designer. Critical areas for regulations compliance included gaining planning permission for facade changes and roof terraces in the conservation area, and sound-proofing between flats which attained an exceptionally high test value.



Affordable Family Housing, Coventry

Planning permission has been granted for sustainableBYdesign's scheme for 36 homes for social rent for Midland Heart Housing Association . The homes comprise a mix of 2-bedroom apartments and family homes, and are designed around homezone courtyards where outside storage and landscaping acts as traffic calming and childrens' play is encouraged. The houses feature a mix of bricks based on the historic brick quarries from the neighbourhood, and a childrens' play and ecology area adjoining a TPO tree belt. The layout was designed to meet Passivhaus standards and permits future active roof upgrades to achieve zero carbon. Plans are progressing for construction to commence mid 2015.



Brunel University Research Facility, London

sustainableBYdesign have been working with Longcross Construction to deliver Brunel University's new Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST). The main research space is taking shape with the external cladding of the building almost complete and the internal services installation progressing at pace. The specialist casting and extrusion machinery is due to be delivered to site within the next few weeks.



Hampton Hill Townhouses, Richmond

sustainableBYdesign are submitting for planning approval a modified scheme for new townhouses to the rear of the Network house site on Hampton Hill High Street. The garden elevation of the houses overlooks the Longford River nature conservation area, and faces South with a photovoltaic roof array. The mews frontage is designed to provide a landscape buffer and courtyard parking, and offer a sympathetic but contemporary intervention in the conservation area setting.



ParkView Hub Housing, Thamesmead Retrofit

Thamesmead residents have been enjoying the benefits of the recently completed retrofit of 18 social housing maisonettes designed to the Passivhaus EnerPHit energy-efficiency standard by sustainableBYdesign. The individually coloured, high performance timber facade panels, prefabricated at contractor Gumpp & Maier factory in Binswangen, Germany , over-clad the face of the existing, poorly insulated, monolithic concrete building. The E2ReBuild London Project demonstrates the potential benefits of a pre-fabricated deep retrofit, replicable across the existing UK building housing stock.



New Studio and Extension to Historic Farmhouse, Gloucestershire

Work is almost complete on the detached studio building, and construction of the extensions to the Grade II listed cottage will proceed during 2015. The design for the alterations and the new studio by sustainableBYdesign features solar photovoltaic panels and materials sympathetic to the garden courtyard setting, opening up views to the South and West across the garden and historic orchard.



New Affordable Homes in Coventry

sustainableBYdesign have submitted a planning application for 36 homes for Midland Heart Housing Association on a redundant, brownfield site in Westwood, Coventry. The mix of small flats and larger, family houses are grouped around a series of shared planted courtyards, with a retained treed ecology area as well as private gardens. The compact, South facing terraced form and fabric first approach benefits from passive solar gain, whilst allowing for future upgrade with solar energy technologies on the roofs. The modest affordable housing uses a controlled but varying external material palette of coloured locally sourced facing bricks and roof tiles.



Edge Debate: Skyscrapers vs The Planet

Lynne Sullivan is speaking at the Edge Debate in London's Living Room at the GLA City Hall on Wednesday evening 11th February 2015. The debate is titled Skyscrapers vs The Planet: Can Tall Buildings be a Sustainable Solution for our Cities? and will explore the sustainability issues relating to tall buildings, rather than concentrating on the aesthetic arguments raised by the Observer newspaper's Skyline campaign from 2014.



Portsmouth Social Housing Retrofit Construction Update

sustainableBYdesign have been working closely with the Keepmoat Regeneration Contractors' team in developing the detail design of the insulated over-cladding required to improve the energy efficiency of the building envelope to the Passivhaus EnerPHit standard. On-site workshop mock-ups of the cladding construction and steel connection details have been assembled to enable subcontractors to familiarise themselves with the exacting Passivhaus construction methods and sequencing required to ensure air-tightness and insulation continuity.



Ecobuild, London Docklands March 2015

sustainableBYdesign will be attending Ecobuild as usual with all of our Partners present at some stage over the three days from 03-05 March 2015. Lynne Sullivan will be chairing or speaking at the following events:-

Tuesday 3 March 10.45 Lynne Sullivan Chair: Passivhaus: a model for local climate design

Thursday 5 March 10.30 Lynne Sullivan Panel discussion: Green Construction Board 3 Years On: Reducing Carbon Reduces Cost

Thursday 5 March 12.00 Lynne Sullivan Speaker: Building Conference Debate: Re-energising Retrofit, Strategies for Action



Brunel University Construction Update

Brunel University's new Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST) is progressing on site. The main steel frame is now complete with external cladding starting in February 2015. The 22 x 57 metre, free-spanning main research space will house the specialist casting and extrusion machinery used to develop lightweight prototype components. BCAST strives to realise a sustainable metals market and provide industries with environmentally friendly metal processing solutions.



Bristol Arena RIBA Competition

Lynne Sullivan is acting as RIBA Competition Advisor for the Bristol Arena . next to Temple Meads station in Bristol, European Green Capital 2015. The 90m pound project is funded by Bristol City Council and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership through its Economic Development Fund. Lynne will join the judging panel for the final selection of the design team to be announced March 2015. The multi-purpose indoor Arena, capable of hosting 12,000 spectators for end stage concerts, is due to open in 2017 and will form the focal point of the regeneration of Temple Quarter on the former diesel depot site.



Kingston Hill Passivhaus Villas Update

sustainableBYdesign are progressing with the detail design and construction tender drawings for three villas in Kingston Hill following planning approval in January. The requirement to meet Passivhaus design requires meticulous attention to detail to ensure continuity of insulation and air tightness of the external building fabric. We have been using SketchUp 3D models for some of the more complex areas to help rationalise the various interfaces of structure, air barrier and insulation with the aim of improving both buildability and the sequence of construction.



Passivhaus Masterplan in Essex

sustainableBYdesign's outline planning application for 50 Passivhaus homes in Essex has received an officer recommendation for approval and our client has instructed EGA planning consultants to progress to appeal without delay. The site is a former gravel works on the edge of a village in an area of established housing need without a 5-year land supply.



Richmond Town Houses

sustainableBYdesign are commissioned to design a new housing development in London Borough of Richmond next to Bushy Park - designed to Passivhaus standards with South-facing gardens and active solar roofs the homes are designed to appeal to families drawn to the amenities of the area including the park and the quality of local schools, whilst sitting sympathetically in the heart of the Conservation Area.



Brunel University Research Facility

sustainableBYdesign are appointed as Architects by Contractors Longcross to deliver the Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology, a dynamic specialist research Institute for Brunel University. The facility is due to be completed early 2015 and will support ongoing research partly Government and EU funded, with contributions from the automotive industry, and includes offices for research and other staff. The project is designed to GLA energy standards and incorporates a substantial rooftop PV array.



Kingston Hill Villas

sustainableBYdesign are working as Passivhaus designers in collaboration with a Concept Architect/Developer team promoting three classical villas in Kingston Hill now submitted for full planning permission. As well as incorporating Passivhaus standards in building fabric, the substantial homes will utilise domestic energy storage linked to the PV arrays and the project will lead in the UK with this technology.



sustainableBYdesign move to central London Studio

sustainableBYdesign have moved to our new Studio at 37 Webber Street, just off Blackfriars Road in Southwark. The central location is a short walk South of the River Thames, near to both Waterloo and Southwark train and tube stations. Our studio is located on the ground floor of a mixed-used development surrounded by shops and cafes with flats above. We look forward to meeting you here.



Portsmouth Social Housing Retrofit Starts On-Site

sustainableBYdesign have been appointed as Lead Designer for the EnerPHit Retrofit of 100 social housing flats within the eleven-storey Wilmcote House in Southsea, Portsmouth. Working for contractor Keepmoat Regeneration , we have been developing the detail design of the insulated over-cladding, new triple glazed windows - including glazed-in access decks - and MVHR installation with Passivhaus Consultants Encraft, Structural Engineers Curtins and the BRE as EuroPHit Partners. Initial site investigation ground works have begun with scaffolding erection due for mid-July 2014.



GreenSkyThinking: Parkview Hub EnerPHit Retrofit: Thamesmead Regeneration

sustainableBYdesign are co-hosting a GreenSkyThinking event at our Parkview Hub site in Thamesmead on Friday morning 2nd May. The retrofit of 18 social housing maisonettes to the Passivhaus EnerPHit energy-efficiency standard sets a precedent for raising the quality of life of existing residents by improving the environmental performance of London's existing housing stock.The scheme also includes the conversion of the disused ground floor garages into a mix of local shops, business and community uses which will create a new community hub to act as a catalyst for the local and wider regeneration of the Thamesmead Estate. Architects sustainableBYdesign and Contractor Gumpp & Maier UK will be talking about the integrated design and construction process, followed by a tour of the building which should be the last opportunity to see the construction elements before the building is completed.



Retrofit Live 2014 at CoRE, Stoke-on-Trent

Lynne Sullivan and Mark Elton will be attending the Retrofit Live 2014 conference at CoRE in Stoke-on-Trent on 9th and 10th April. Lynne is on the expert panel for the opening plenary session: The Realities of the Retrofit Market and what the findings from Retrofit for the Future mean for its future. Mark will give a talk on Building Fabric Integrity - retrofit measures to improve insulation and air-tightness, minimise thermal bridging and eliminate or control the migration of moisture through the building fabric. Mark will also be on the panel of experts for the Dragon's Den Session at the end of Day 1.


sustainableBYdesign at Ecobuild 2014

sustainableBYdesign partners will be attending Ecobuild 2014 at the Excel Centre in London from 4th to 6th March.

4th March 14.30 in the Design zone: Mark Elton will be presenting our Parkview Hub social housing EnerPHit retrofit as part of the seminar Passivhaus design: how to scale up and maintain quality

5th March 10.30 in the North Arena: Lynne Sullivan is on the expert panel for the Ecobuild Debate Should minimum EPC standards for rented properties from 2018 be extended to all buildings?



Housing Estate Environmental Improvement Works, Westminster

sustainableBYdesign have been appointed by CityWest Homes to investigate the scope of building works required to improve the internal environment for the residents living within the Hallfield Estate in Westminster. The iconic mix of 10-storey and 6-storey blocks designed by Lasdun and Drake architects were built in the 1950's and have recently been Grade II Listed. SbyD have begun monitoring the internal temperature and humidity levels in a number of flat situations scattered across the estate, as well as interviewing residents to discuss measures to combat cold and condensation during the winter months. It is important that we understand the relationship between the limitations of the 1950's building construction design and how the current residents wish to live, before we can recommend workable solutions.



Rural Eco-Home Extension wins Planning Permission, Gloucestershire

sustainableBYdesign have won planning permission for the eco-extension of a Grade-II Listed house in Gloucestershire, including a new garden studio to Passivhaus standard. The new super-insulated extensions to existing wings of the house help to re-orientate the main living areas onto the sun-facing garden while providing additional, accessible space and facilities for a disabled relative. The proposed timber-clad studio for the photographer client creates a new garden courtyard between it and the Listed house, and is orientated ideally for passive and active solar gains.



Lynne Sullivan Online Blog for Building.co.uk, Jan 2014

Lynne Sullivan's latest blog for online Building Magazine, Jan 2014: Why cutting operational carbon is the priority


Passivhaus EnerPHit Retrofit, Construction Update

The south facade of insulated timber cladding panels and metal pitched roof construction have been completed on our EnerPHit Retrofit project in Thamesmead, London for Gallions Housing Association .The coloured wall panels, prefabricated at contractor Gumpp & Maier factory in Binswangen, Germany - complete with triple-glazed patio windows - were craned off the lorry and fixed into position over the face of the existing building. The residents have had a break from construction over the festive period but construction will re-commence in January 2014 with new insulation and waterproofing of the existing roof balconies/terraces, the removal of the old PVC facade panels and the new internal lining finish. Completion is due in Spring 2014.



Lynne Sullivan Online Blog for Building.co.uk, Dec 2013

Lynne Sullivan's latest blog for online Building Magazine, Dec 2012: The social value of good building


Lynne Sullivan joins Passivhaus Trust Board

sustainableBYdesign's Lynne Sullivan has joined the Board of the Passivhaus Trust .Lynne has been promoting the energy-efficiency building design principles of the Passivhaus approach throughout her architectural career, most recently at the Green Rethink Summit organised by the Architects Journal.



Thamesmead Towers Retrofit

sustainableBYdesign, working with Urban Initiative Studios, have won planning permission on behalf of Gallions Housing Association for the retrofit of three, 13-storey towerblocks on the Thamesmead Estate in East London. The proposals include comprehensive insulated over-cladding of walls, soffits and roof, upgraded replacement glazing, including enclosure of the open balconies; replacement of gas boilers with efficient condensing models; new demand-controlled ventilation; and ground floor alterations and extensions to provide more welcoming entrances. Frankham Consultancy have modelled the estate using their latest laser scanning technology to accurately and efficiently capture 3D spatial data to aid the masterplanning process.



Passivhaus Villas, Kingston-Upon-Thames, Surrey

sustainableBYdesign have been commissioned to develop the Passivhaus design of three new-build homes on a brownfield site near Kingston-Upon-Thames. The large family 'Villas' are to be designed to the Passivhaus energy efficiency standard using our in-house PHPP modelling. The private developer client intends to construct the homes using an innovative pre-insulated, loadbearing wall construction and is developing an on-site renewable electricity storage system to enable the homes to be energy self-sufficient.



Residential Conversion, Hampton

sustainableBYdesign have been appointed by a private developer to design the residential conversion of an existing office building in Hampton, near Richmond-Upon-Thames. The conversion will create a mix of 14 one and two-bed apartments within the current office floor space. This challenging project will require a full environmental upgrade of the existing building which is located within a Conservation Area.



Housing, Energy and Well-being

sustainableBYdesign have been contributing to workshops organised by the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, University College London to support policy making about housing in the UK. UCL HEW are creating a collaborative mapping and policy simulation tool to better understand housing, energy and well-being and balance shared objectives for decision-making. The workshops have been attended by a wide range of participants across government, industry, non-government organisations, community and academia.



Thamesmead EnerPHit Facade wins Retro-Expo Award

Gumpp & Maier UK contractors won the Building Fabric Product Innovation of the Year Award for their Timber-based Energy System (TES) Facade used on our Thamesmead EnerPHit residential scheme. 'TES is a significant development as occupants are able to remain in-situ. We thought it was innovative, flexible, widely applicable and contributing to very high energy performance as well as economic retrofit at scale' commented the Judges. sustainableBYdesign partner, Mark Elton received the award on behalf of Gumpp & Maier UK at the Award Ceremony in December. The project has also been profiled in recent articles on the BBC Business website and Building For Change online magazine.

TES Facade Panels1


Lynne Sullivan Online Blog for Building.co.uk, Nov 2013

Lynne Sullivan's latest blog for online Building Magazine, Nov 2012: The challenge of providing public open space


Simplehaus Self-Build Prototype

sustainableBYdesign's passivhaus cottage was one of seven finalists in this open national design competition, and we are taking the concept forward with a number of potential developers. Self Build on a Shoestring 2013 was organised by the National Self Build Association (NaSBA), sponsored by the Grand Designs Live exhibition, and the judges included Kevin McCloud and Charlie Luxton. Our contemporary prototype house is designed to provide a comfortable and spacious home for a family of four that costs less than £60 a year to heat - and illustrates how our energy efficiency philosophy can be applied economically for the self-build community, without sacrificing design features such as tall ceilings, a service/utility area, natural materials, and future expansion potential.



Passivhaus EnerPHit Retrofit, Construction Update

The first facade of insulated timber cladding panels have been installed on our EnerPHit Retrofit project in Thamesmead, London. The panels, prefabricated at the Gumpp & Maier factory in Binswangen, Germany - complete with triple-glazed windows, doors, timber board cladding and MVHR grilles - were craned off the lorry and fixed into position on the north face of the existing building. The whole facade, enclosing 18 maisonettes, was completed in less than one week. sustainableBYdesign partner Mark Elton and contractor Alexander Gumpp will be presenting the scheme at the UK Passivhaus Conference 2013 in Milton Keynes on 15th October.



London Legacy Development Corporation Quality Review Panel

Lynne Sullivan has been appointed to the Quality Review Panel of the London Legacy Development Corporation . The LLDC has established an independent Quality Review Panel as part of its commitment to achieving high quality design. From October 2012 the Legacy Corporation became responsible for Town Planning in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the surrounding area. The panel supports the planning decision making process by providing objective, impartial, independent advice to developers and to the Legacy Corporation Planning Decisions Committee and Planning Officers.



CoRE Life Fellow

Mark Elton has become a Life Fellow of CoRE (Centre of Refurbishment Excellence) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of retrofit programmes across the UK, and in particular his work in design and building fabric. CoRE is the independent, not for profit, national centre of excellence for green retrofit skills in the built environment. Mark will be presenting with Peter Rickaby the Retrofit Masterclass 3: Building Fabric at CoRE on 10th October 2013.



Lynne Sullivan Online Blog for Building.co.uk, Oct 2013

Lynne Sullivan's latest blog for online Building Magazine, Oct 2012: Architectural education ignores the challenge of our time


Planning Submission for Eco-Home Extension, Gloucestershire

sustainableBYdesign have submitted a planning application for the modern extension of a Grade-II Listed cottage in Gloucestershire. The new super-insulated, timber-clad extensions to the rear of the cottage help to re-orientate the main living areas onto the sun-facing, garden aspect while providing additional, accessible space and facilities for a disabled relative. A new workshop outbuilding for the photographer client helps to enclose the garden from the north, while utilizing its ideal orientation for solar-powered, on-site renewable energy generation.



NHBC Foundation: Designing Homes for the 21st Century

sustainableBYdesign's Welsh Passivhaus has been used as a design precedent in a new publication by the NHBC Foundation: Designing Homes for the 21st Century: Lessons for Low Energy Design. The NHBC Foundation was established in 2006 to provide the house building industry with research and guidance on topical subjects to support industry challenges leading up to the Government's 2016 zero carbon homes target. The guide advocates a 'fabric first' approach making sure that insulation, airtightness and ventilation are designed to give the best practical performance before low carbon technologies are applied.



Hertfordshire Building Futures Awards 2013

John Pratley has been invited to be on the judging panel for the Hertfordshire Building Future Awards 2013. The Building Futures Partnership has held a biennial awards scheme since 2009 to celebrate new developments that demonstrate innovation, creativity and design excellence in addition to promoting sustainability in new buildings. This year's awards ceremony will take place on 21 November at the Spirella Ballroom in Letchworth Garden City.



Lynne Sullivan Online Blog for Building.co.uk, Sept 2013

Lynne Sullivan's latest blog for online Building Magazine, Sept 2012: Changing our culture for deep retrofit


Passivhaus Retrofit in Thamesmead, London

sustainableBYdesign are commissioned by German contractor & timber-frame specialist Gumpp & Maier, to carry out the technical design of the retrofit of a 5-storey, pre-cast concrete, linear slab-block on the Thamesmead Estate. The project, for Gallions Housing Association, comprises the retrofit of the existing 18 maisonettes with the ground floor garages converted to mixed commercial and community uses. The EU funded E2ReBuild project requires innovation in technology and construction involving over-cladding the existing walls with pre-fabricated, insulated timber panels which contribute to the improved energy efficiency of the housing, designed to meet Passivhaus EnerPHit standards.



Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality Task Group Report

The Zero Carbon Hub has released the final report from the Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality (VIAQ) Task Group, chaired by Lynne Sullivan, which considers the health implications that can be associated with poor indoor air quality, against a background of new homes becoming much more airtight. The Report reviews available evidence on the performance of mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR) in new homes and sets out key recommendations to ensure that future installations are well designed, installed and commissioned and have clear operational guidelines for occupants.



New Partner Mark Elton

Architect Mark Elton has joined sustainableBYdesign as a new Partner. A Certified European Passive House Designer, Mark brings extensive experience in low-energy architecture and masterplanning with particular expertise in large-scale and high-rise retrofit projects such as the Edward Woods estate, which featured in the LSE study High Rise Hope into the social implications of energy efficient retrofit. Mark will be speaking at Sustainable Homes: Retrofitting 2013 on June 5th 2013 and Green Cornwall Show day 1: June 27th 2013.

Mark Elton CEPHD


Housing Retrofit Study for Westminster City Council

sustainableBYdesign have been appointed by Willmott Dixon Energy Services to provide architectural design solutions for the fabric energy upgrade and internal environmental improvement of six different housing typologies - ranging from 2-storey, Victorian terraced houses in a conservation area to a 22-storey, 20th century modernist tower block. The study involves the technical & practical feasibility of improving the energy performance of the building fabric and highlighting any additional potential energy/carbon savings which could be implemented during the works, all combined within an aesthetic solution that meets the planning requirements for each site.



'Sullivan' Report panel to be reconvened

The Scottish Government have confirmed their intention to reconvene mid 2013 an Expert Panel, to be chaired by Lynne Sullivan, to consider the Low Carbon Building Standards Strategy for Scotland. This follows the publication of the original report in 2007, and the progress report in 2011. Their recommendations will be within the context of Scotland's Climate Change Act and building legislation. Original report 2007. Progress report 2011.



UK Passivhaus Awards 2013, judge Lynne Sullivan

Lynne Sullivan has been invited to judge the UK Passivhaus Awards this year. The Awards celebrate the design and performance of Passivhaus in the UK, aiming to highlight the achievements of the Passivhaus pioneers and show that Passivhaus can apply to any building type to create beautiful buildings. The objective of the 2013 awards is to gather data on performance of UK Passivhaus buildings and demonstrate that Passivhaus buildings address occupant health and well-being, energy saving and other sustainability issues. sustainableBYdesign have been supporting the Passivhaus Trust as members since 2010 and are represented on the Passivhaus Trust UK Conference Steering Group.



Passivhaus Co-Housing Community, Muswell Hill, London

sustainableBYdesign have been appointed to provide Passivhaus design guidance to PTE architects, culminating in their planning application for the 147-unit residential regeneration of the former St Luke's hospital site, for Hanover Housing Association. We have been running PHPP modelling for both the terraced houses and apartment blocks required by North London Sustainable Housing Partnership (NLSHP), for their Co-Housing community. CohousingWoodside Weblink.



sustainableBYdesign at Ecobuild 2013

sustainableBYdesign participated in six sessions at Ecobuild this year, giving seminar talks on Indoor Air Quality, Building Regulations, and Knowledge Sharing for Carbon Reduction, and we were one of the architectural practices on the UK Passivhaus Trust stand helping with Q+A and showing some of our work. Lynne Sullivan was on the panel with HAB Housing and others in the UKGBC's Big Tent session on 'What Makes a Housing Development Succeed', and she chaired the Be:Passive on Lessons Learned from the Brussels Region, Passivhaus experience discussion in the evening event sponsored by UEA CBE and Passivhaus Trust.



Planning Submission for Mixed-Use, Residential Development in Great Totham, Essex

sustainableBYdesign have submitted a Planning Application for a 50-dwelling, mixed-use development for the village of Great Totham in Essex. The scheme, for a private local developer, is designed to incorporate a range of social and ecological character areas relating to the varied dwelling types and landscapes and includes affordable housing in small clusters spread around the development. The site is being used as a template for sustainable development in rural areas, which allows local people to live in affordable homes built by local people in a village close to where they work.



Good Homes Alliance Conference: Delivering Good Homes, London

Lynne Sullivan presented her talk on Designing for Health & Wellbeing which focused on 3 key issues that go 'beyond bricks and mortar': 1. Places which support social networks and sustainable lifestyles, 2. The greening of shared space: therapeutic and microclimatic benefits and 3. Access to sunlight, daylight and good indoor air quality. GHA Weblink.



Country Eco-Home Extension, Gloucestershire

sustainableBYdesign are architects for the modern extension of a Grade-II Listed cottage in Gloucestershire. The designs are at an early stage with the client and we are progressing their requirements for the extended-family and studio brief with a number of massing options for the extension in relation to the existing buildings. The new, modern extension will be a light-weight timber and glass construction orientated to take full advantage of the sunlight and views to the gardens. The new building is to be designed to Passivhaus energy-efficiency principles, with the existing listed cottage upgraded to modern building standards. Appropriate renewable energy generating technologies are also being evaluated across the whole site as part of our sustainable design approach.



Planning Approval for Urban Ecology, Education and Events Centre, Phoenix Garden, London

sustainableBYdesign have gained Planning Approval for a new education and events building for the Phoenix Garden Community Group in Covent Garden. We are now progressing with the detail design drawings and contractor tender package for the proposals with construction due to start on site early next year.



UK Passivhaus Conference 2012, Nottingham

sustainableBYdesign's John Pratley with Paul Smyth of Cocreate Consulting presented their study of the Passivhaus Retrofit of a 1970s Tower Block showing how EnerPHit modelling can inform effective retrofit measures to improve the energy performance of the block as a whole, reducing residents' heating bills and delivering more comfortable, healthy living conditions. SbyD Presentation. Passivhaus Conference Weblink.



Mixed-Use Farm Re-development, Buckinghamshire

sustainableBYdesign are architects for a Live-Work & Leisure development on former farmland in Buckinghamshire. The new designs which include a house, mechanical workshop and stables are a mix of functions that support the sensitive, sustainable development of the countryside and allow the current landowners to remain as custodians of small-scale farmland within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The house is to be designed to the energy-efficient Passivhaus standard.



Integrating The City: Urban Ecology at Phoenix Garden Breakfast Event, 19th September 2012: 8:30am

As part of this year's Open-City Green Sky Thinking 2012 programme of events sustainableBYdesign, along with their client Phoenix Garden, will talk about the range of ecological habitats integrated in and around their proposed new education and events centre, due to commence construction in autumn 2012. Greening the city is a key requirement for increased urbanisation - people need contact with green spaces and wildlife, the city needs microclimatic cooling and the planet needs biodiversity and carbon sequestration. Our aim is to show how today's decision-makers and users, and tomorrow's city-dwellers, can learn from the proposed education centre and the already established delightful ecological resource at Phoenix Garden. SbyD flyer.



Co-Housing Regeneration, Muswell Hill, London

sustainableBYdesign have been appointed by PTE architects to provide strategic sustainability advice and building energy modelling for the housing-led regeneration of a former hospital site, following a successful joint bid for Hanover Housing Association. We are currently using our Sustainable Knowledge Map "Eighter" to help define the brief for North London Sustainable Housing Partnership (NLSHP), who are setting up one of London's first Co-Housing Communities as part of the proposals for the site. NLSHP Weblink.

Sustainability Knowledge Map


Passivhaus Retrofit of 1970's Tower Block, East London

sustainableBYdesign contributed to an Advanced Energy Feasibility Study which models the potential energy savings possible from a range of building improvements - based on energy modelling undertaken using the Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP), a tool for predicting a building's energy demand. The Study provides an overview of the existing building performance and proposes recommendations to achieve reductions in energy use to the EnerPHit Passivhaus Refurbishment space heating standard of less than 25 kWh/m2/yr. Our role was to provide initial PHPP modelling, technical sketches and an outline specification with suggested phased retrofit improvements for the green refurbishment of three, 13-storey brick clad, pre-cast concrete panel tower blocks built in early 1970's. The intention of this modelling exercise was to look at the practicalities of a whole building refurbishment, the energy this could save and propose pragmatic recommendations for how the local Estate Tenants' & Residents' Association can take this advice forward.



University Homes for a Sustainable Community, North-West Cambridge

sustainableBYdesign have been shortlisted for a mixed-tenure, mixed-typology housing scheme as part of the first phase of the development of North-West Cambridge by Cambridge University. We have teamed up with Ted Cullinan Architects to provide an integrated Sustainable Design Team for the university apartments and family houses which are to set the standard for the UK's future sustainable development. In parallel with continuing to promote awareness of sustainable issues, members of both practices are leaders in sustainable urban design, having helped develop the metrics, implementation and assessment of sustainable development. The project has the potential for us to work with residents and the local university community to spread the message and to ensure that they enjoy the benefits of sustainable living. NWCamb Weblink.



Sustainable Design Appraisal of Seifert Tower Redevelopment, Kingsway, London

sustainableBYdesign was appointed by Tishman Speyer to provide Initial Strategic Sustainability Advice for environmental improvements and potential change of use from offices to residential apartments housed within the existing distinctive, 16-storey rotunda tower - originally designed by architect Richard Seifert - with mixed-use at street level and including the Kingsway Conservation Area frontage building. As reported in the property press, Tishman Speyer have recently sold the 230,000 sq ft office property in central London for 109 million pounds to Almacantar - who already own Seifert's Centre Point tower close by. Property Mall Weblink.



Ecobuild 2012: Sustainability in Practice

Lynne Sullivan will be speaking in the "Sustainable Architecture and Design" seminar which begins at 12.30 on Tuesday 20th March 2012. Lynne will introduce the RIBA "Sustainability in Practice" Handbook she has authored in her talk which begins at 13:00. The Handbook will also be part of a number of new documents featured on the RIBA Ecobuild stand S1630. Weblink.

sustainableBYdesign, as members of Passivhaus Trust and Good Homes Alliance, will be supporting these organisations on their respective stands (N64) and (S) at various times during Ecobuild, discussing relevant projects from our portfolio and answering queries from visitors. Do contact us to meet up with us there or elsewhere during Ecobuild. Ecobuild Weblink.



BRE UK Passivhaus Design Competitions 2012 - a range of homes for Watford and Ravenscraig BRE Innovation Parks

sustainableBYdesign were finalists for both BRE Passivhaus Competitions in Watford, England and Ravenscraig in Scotland. The aim of the competition was to demonstrate that the Passivhaus standard can provide an affordable low-energy target for both social and market housing.

Watford (BRE England) Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4/Passivhaus:

sustainableBYdesign's proposal for the two semi-detached family homes demonstrates that an integrated, sustainable Passivhaus design and construction methodology can be used as a practical and inspirational prototype model for both social housing and private market housing - deliverable at realistic cost and sustainable over the building's and occupants' lifetime. A compact but carefully thought-out layout has been designed as a typical, cost effective arrangement for a repeatable semi-detached housing plan with best use of land area, providing good quality spaces, plenty of natural daylight and flexibility for possible future adaptations as well as meeting the full Lifetime homes criteria. Weblink to BRE.

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Ravenscraig (BRE Scotland) - Code for Sustainable Homes Level 6/Passivhaus

sustainableBYdesign's detailed proposal for a large family house at Ravenscraig is a simple and compact design with a wide frontage and shallow plan layout taking full advantage of the solar orientation available for a detached house - providing a pleasant, healthy, steady-state internal environment and ample sized windows providing plenty of natural daylight. In Summer, the house is protected from overheating by sun shading from the timber pergola /balcony, planted with deciduous climbers for additional shading and greening in summer with full sun exposure in winter months. On the North facade the front entrance is sheltered by a slate-clad porch which also provides secure bicycle and recycling storage. Weblink to BRE.

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UK Passivhaus Conference 2011

Lynne Sullivan joined speakers including Chris Herring and Ismael Daoud, adviser to the Brussels Ministry of the Environment, in delivering a keynote speech for the UK Passivhaus Conference, November 2011 at the Barbican Centre. See link below for video and notes on her presentation entitled: "Passivhaus in the UK: Policy, Regulation and Implementation"

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Publication of Interim Report by the Zero Carbon Hub on Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality

Lynne Sullivan chaired the taskgroup formed of broad representation from industry who contributed to this report now available on the Zero Carbon Hub's website, and produced with NHBC Foundation support, in partnership with BRE Trust. A final report will be published later in 2012.


Interim Report January 2012

The report, on Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery in New Homes, considers air quality in the context of the projected increase in use of MVHR systems, and calls for a better evidence base for installed performance of MVHR, a more robust approach to designing and installing systems, and better advice for users. The report also highlights important information on source control of indoor pollutants, which is an emerging priority irrespective of the chosen ventilation system. Weblink to ZCH.


GHA seminar: "Healthy Homes: Ventilating right for good indoor air quality"

Lynne Sullivan will be referencing the Zero Carbon Hub report on Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality, whose taskgroup she chaired, as a speaker at this Good Homes Alliance seminar sponsored by the Zero Carbon Hub, to be held alongside the UK Indoor Environments Group Annual Scientific Conference on 22 February 2012. Weblink to GHA/ZCH flyer.

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Women In Architecture

Lynne Sullivan was interviewed by AJ as part of the "Women in Practice" issue, profiling 60 female practice directors and partners. This issue presents role models for aspiring female architects, and dispels the myth that you can't be a successful woman and have a life. Weblink to AJ.



Victorian House Energy Efficient Refurbishment

sustainableBYdesign partner John Pratley is currently refurbishing his Victorian Terraced House in East London using Passivhaus modelling to inform an holistic package of energy efficient upgrades comprising:- inflatable chimney balloons, internal insulation to external walls, floor and roof, draught-proofing of all external windows and doors, re-tuning existing boiler and wet heating system, low wattage light bulb replacement and smart metering. So far both gas and electricity consumption has reduced by a quarter when compared with last year - further monitoring is to follow.



Urban Ecology Centre

sustainableBYdesign have completed the design for a new educational and project resource for the Phoenix Garden Community Group in Covent Garden. The building will feature a 'Voronoi' wall to introduce ecological habitats into a vertical element, so that the birds and insects' colonies are visible from the teaching area at first floor level. At ground level the project resource will include meeting areas and wardens' facilities, and at first floor an education room for local schools, with a window wall to overlook the rich landscape and ecology of the Phoenix Garden. The roof will be surrounded by a three-dimensional mesh screen designed as a growing screen providing nesting sites for the site's sparrow and other bird population.



Green Construction Board

Lynne Sullivan is one of two Architects appointed to the Government's Green Construction Board, chaired by Business Minister Mark Prisk and Dan Labbad CEO of Lend Lease. The Board has been set up following the release of the June 2011 Low Carbon Construction Action Plan - the Government's response to the Low Carbon Construction Innovation and Growth Team report - to ensure the action plan is implemented and continues to develop in a context of cooperation between Government and the Construction Industry. See press release.


UK Passivhaus Conference, 24/25th October 2011

Lynne Sullivan is providing a keynote speech for this two day conference at the Barbican, London, on the topic of 'Passivhaus in the UK: Policy, Regulation and Implementation'. Anne Thomas will be joining the panel discussion 'Implementation of Passivhaus in the UK' on Day Two of the conference. See conference schedule.



Rural Community Masterplan, Essex

sustainableBYdesign is working with local suppliers and developers applying sustainable design criteria, including orientation for Passivhaus design and solar roofs, to a mixed use masterplan with homes sensitively grouped in winding homezones and clustered courtyards. The design features a central open space, local play areas and a health centre/ community hub. A varied mix of affordable house types, earmarked for local people and adaptable for live/work, will be built in each phase to an overall density of up to 50 units per hectare.More detail



Roof Gardens, Soho Square, London

Pascall + Watson Architects appointed sustainableBYdesign to provide the design concept for three sustainable roof gardens in a major building refurbishment project in Soho Square, providing green working and amenity space as well as allowing staff to grow their own food for their lunchbreak. Carefully chosen native flora will create an all-year-round garden habitat for wildlife to encourage biodiversity right in the heart of London city centre. Other sustainable features include: recycled decking, rain water havesting, PV shading panels and a PV tree to provide free mobile phone charging.



Sheltered Housing, Beijing, China

sustainableBYdesign worked with BRE on a concept design for adaptable sheltered housing, allowing family growth and future generations to co-inhabit a flexible apartment block, all designed with the potential for Passivhaus accreditation as well as mapped to best practice Chinese Green Star standard .



Passivhaus Trust 1st Anniversary event at the Residence of the Austrian Ambassador, London

sustainableBYdesign partners were invited to the Passivhaus Trust's first Anniversary and joined fellow members and the event's sponsors in discussion of growing numbers of Passivhaus buildings in Europe and globally, along with feedback from the International Passivhaus conference. News updates included the growth of certified professionals and products and the forthcoming 'tradesman' certification scheme, as well as feedback from pilot refurbishment projects to the PH Enerphit standard.

sustainableBYdesign have been closely involved in the preparations for the UK Passivhaus Conference due to be held on 24 and 25 October 2011 and will be presenting some recent projects. See Passivhaus Trust website.



Flight Timber Collaboration

sustainableBYdesign are working with leading timber frame construction company Flight Timber to develop applications for a prefabricated timber cassette construction methodology which meets the highest thermal performance and environmental standards. The aim of the collaboration is to bring integrated sustainable thinking to the design and delivery process. See Flight timber website.



Sustainable Building Conference in Shanghai, China

Lynne Sullivan, sustainableBYdesign Partner, was an invited Keynote Speaker at a two-day Marcus Evans conference held at the Grand Hyatt Shanghai June 2011. Lynne contributed a Keynote Speech on sustainable building standards and design issues, as well as case studies from her portfolio of innovative sustainable buildings and community developments in UK and Europe. The conference featured case studies from around the world with presentations from Government representatives including the China Ministry of Housing and Rural Development.



Design for Future Climate Adaptation

sustainableBYdesign have joined the One Creative Environments Ltd team in their submission of a Technology Strategy Board competition entry in the Design for future climate: Adapting Buildings call. sustainableBYdesign will contribute sustainable design expertise to the design development process of a Primary Healthcare Trust project pending funding approval.

Design for Future Climate Adaptation


National and Regional Design Review Panels

sustainableBYdesign Partners serve on several design review panels. Most recently, sustainableBYdesign partner John Pratley has been chosen to serve on the Hertfordshire Design Review Panel, set up to help planners, developers and designers realise the full potential of development schemes by giving expert advice on development and, where applicable, suggest how schemes can be improved. See Hertfordshire Design Review Panel website for more detail.

Lynne Sullivan has been a member of the Design Commission for Wales National Design Review panel for three years, and the Cambridgeshire Quality Panel, established by Cambridgeshire Horizons to provide independent and objective feedback to the Local Authorities on major development sites across the County, since 2009. See Cambridgeshire Quality Panel and Design Commission for Wales websites for more detail.

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Links with Academia

sustainableBYdesign recently contributed as industry experts to discussion of the implications and application of two ongoing research projects. The London School of Economics' European-funded research is considering Urban Morphology and Heat Energy Demand, and focuses on heat energy efficiencies created by the spatial configuration of cities.

The University of Dundee's EPSRC-funded research project has developed a comprehensive and transparent framework to promote the systematic assessment of sustainability in urban developments, taking account of scale, life cycle, location, context and stakeholder values.


Planning Permission Granted - Isle of Man Passivhaus Development

Planning permission was recently granted for this private housing development in Baldrine, Isle of Man, designed for Wolf Environmental Consultancy (IOM) Ltd by sustainableBYdesign to meet the Passivhaus environmental standard. The development is believed to be the first proposed Passivhaus-standard development on the island, and features solar orientation of principle rooms, heat recovery ventilation, and loft spaces under active solar roofs. Using a palette of local materials, and simple compact forms, it is intended to act as a model for further development on the Isle of Man. More detail



Code Level 5 House in Surrey

sustainableBYdesign worked with BeCollective on a proposal for a one-off Code Level 5 house on the outskirts of Cobham which was recently granted Planning Approval. sustainableBYdesign provided sustainability design advice and benchmarking, and carried out environmental analysis and thermal modelling for the proposed house, to showcase an exemplar approach to housing design, in line with Elmbridge Council's policy, and sustainable development within a sensitive Green Belt area.

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Response to Government Chief Construction Advisor

At the 7th Annual Happold Medal Lecture, delivered by Paul Morrell, Chief Construction Advisor, at the Royal Aeronautical Society on 12 May, Lynne Sullivan led an industry response to some of the integration and industry reform issues raised in the Low Carbon Construction Innovation and Growth Team report chaired by Paul Morrell. Lynne was followed by Paddy Conaghan her colleague from Edge Debate and all three debated a number of questions from the audience of 160 construction professionals.

Annual Happold Medal Lecture


British Council for Offices Research showcased at Geneva Conference

sustainableBYdesign contributed to a recent BCO report "The Challenges for the Office Sector over the Next Decade and Beyond" which featured at the recent BCO conference in Geneva. The report, by Volterra Consulting, acknowledges contributions from Lynne Sullivan, and looks at the big questions facing the office sector over the next ten years and beyond including the sustainability and carbon agendas. Offices must accommodate flexibility both spatially and technologically, and at the same time offer stimulating and comfortable working, meeting, and social environments as well as good accessibility. See article's cover page.


Coalition Government's sustainability record

BUILDING DESIGN's May Review focussed on Sustainability and the Coalition Government's progress to date - SustainableBYdesign Partner Lynne Sullivan was one of three architects contributing to the magazine's supplement, and focussed particularly on the regulatory steps to the recently redefined Zero Carbon standard.See link


Conference at the Department of Health

Lynne Sullivan gave a presentation at the 2011 UK Indoor Environments Group Annual Scientific Conference at the Department of Health, entitled "Environmental Architecture", featuring recent studies carried out by sustainableBYdesign on daylight modelling and site shading analysis for new housing and schools. The talk also showed how well designed, installed and commissioned heat recovery ventilation can deliver energy efficiency and good indoor air quality as long as the user interface is clearly understood.

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Ecobuild 2011

Partner Lynne Sullivan delivered three seminars at Ecobuild in the ExCeL conference centre in London's Docklands this year, attracting an average audience of 150 people at each session.See link



Passivhaus Development, Isle of Man

sustainableBYdesign have submitted a planning application for private houses in Baldrine, Isle of Man.

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Passivhaus Trust Members

sustainableBYdesign have become members of the Passivhaus Trust: a group of independent experts, academics and not-for-profit organisations providing leadership in the UK for the adoption of the Passivhaus standard and methodology. Lynne, John and Anne will be helping to man the Passivhaus Trust stand at Ecobuild on Wednesday 2nd March 2011.See link



Lynne Sullivan awarded an OBE

Lynne Sullivan, founding Partner of Sustainable By Design LLP, was awarded an OBE for services to Architecture in the New Years Honours List 2011. Lynne was delighted to accept this Honour after three decades of practice, as recognition of her unique contribution to the built environment, her profession, and UK sustainable buildings policy. Amongst many mentions in the press, the AJ's Hattie Hartman recorded her reaction on hearing the news on 4th January,(see attachment on AJ footprint article).


Top Floor and Roof Conversion to Duplex Apartments in Clerkenwell

sustainableBYdesign are commissioned to take forward the detailed design and delivery to Passivhaus standard of new residential apartments on top of a locally listed late Victorian industrial building. The project involves the development of a distinctive yet sympathetic design which also meets the low-energy aspirations of the developers, taking advantage of open views to the City skyline to the South.

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Passivhaus development in the Isle of Man

sustainableBYdesign are finalising proposals to be submitted for Planning approval early in 2011 for a semi-rural development of private houses on the Isle of Man. The design features generous open plan living space and bedrooms with balconies taking advantage of the open views to the sea, whilst also providing sunshading to the South elevations. sustainableBYdesign have used PHPP as a design tool to ensure the massing, fabric specifications and fenestration design can meet the requirement for Passivhaus accreditation, which meets the aspirations of the developer client to create design distinction to the agreed precedent standard.

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Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality conference

Lynne Sullivan of sustainableBYdesign chaired a recent conference for Good Homes Alliance on Health and Wellbeing for Occupants, where developers, RSLs and others shared experiences of the occupant impacts of different ventilation systems homes built to low air leakage standards. Lynne also chairs the recently formed Zero Carbon Hub/NHBC Foundation Taskgroup on Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality, examining whole life, health and user behaviour implications of more airtight homes and the design and operational issues which need to be addressed in low carbon buildings.

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Phoenix Community Education Centre

sustainableBYdesign are finalising proposals for the new centre for Phoenix Community Garden to be submitted for Planning approval early in 2011. The Phoenix Garden is a community garden based in Covent Garden in central London and is a registered charity, managed by volunteers, set up to provide a green retreat from the stresses of London's West End and a vital habitat for urban wildlife. The garden is maintained using sustainable techniques and an innovative approach to wildlife gardening, creating many different habitats to encourage as many species as possible. The new centre will provide project and community facilities and a new education resource to support the charity's stated aim to act as a resource for garden advice to local community and school groups. The building extends integrated habitat potential by incorporating horizontal and vertical planted surfaces, a habitat wall and a mesh screen providing support for climbing plants and nesting sites for birds.

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Carbon Compliance for Tomorrow's New Homes

Lynne Sullivan of sustainableBYdesign was a member of the TaskGroup which worked on the Zero Carbon Hub's recently published report making recommendations for the Carbon Compliance regime for Zero Carbon homes. Lynne also Chaired and authored the Working Group on Future Climate which was one of five topics considered by separate groups reporting to the main TaskGroup, also available on the Zero Carbon Hub link. See link



Carryduff Code 5 Competition

SustainableBYdesign were runners-up in the open competition organised by the Royal Society of Ulster Architects. This competition called for on-site renewable energy to meet Code 5 standards, and we organised the masterplan for excellent solar access for roofs, as well as ensuring house plans met Lifetime Homes requirements and excellent energy demand reduction through passivhaus-level U-values, window area/ orientation and sun-shading. Our design featured community courtyards with play and recreation areas, and a demonstration willow plantation with a willow `maze` and viewing platform.




Passivhaus homes on the Isle of Man

Work is underway to design homes to Passivhaus standard on a site with sea views and open views to South.



Bubble-Rap by sustainableBYdesign

Forgotten Spaces is an ideas competition run by RIBA London in collaboration with Design for London to propose innovative ways of taking advantage of under-utilised sites in the city. SustainableBYdesign's proposal for a virtual storyboard streaming information through unused communal space, facilitating a reinvented character and functionality for each space, powered by on-site renewable energy, was featured in the AJ review alongside the public exhibition of all entries. See link

Forgotten Spaces



sustainableBYdesign have made a voluntary contribution of some 3D visualisations to FARM:Shop run by Something & Son LLP, a project transforming a run-down shop in Hackney to become a demonstration and ideas centre for food growing and biodiversity in cities to be opened in September 2010. See FARM:shop website

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sustainableBYdesign at Ecobuild

sustainableBYdesign's partner, Lynne Sullivan, chaired a seminar session in the RICS theatre on 'Connecting Passivhaus, SAP, standards and Regulations', part of the 'Simplifying Standards, Guides and Tools' series. To open the session, Lynne delivered a presentation on The Design Challenges of Low Carbon. On the main conference stage, Lynne participated in a session hosted by Edward Stourton of the Today programme on reviewing Codes and Regulations.Download Presentation

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sustainableBYdesign exhibited Passivhaus works in the AECB stand at Ecobuild

sustainableBYdesign were included in the AECB stand at Ecobuild as founder members of Passivhaus Buildings Org, showing some of their schools and houses designed to Passivhaus standard in the rolling presentation. Link to Ecobuild


Welsh Passive House 2010

SustainableBYdesign were finalists in the open architectural competition to design the ultimate Welsh Passive House - a prototype sustainable, affordable home incorporating innovative measures for energy efficiency, construction and environmental design. Commissioned by The Works in Ebbw Vale, a major regeneration project transforming the 200 acre redundant steel works into a thriving, mixed use development, some of the finalists were selected to be built as prototypes for the 2010 Eisteddfod, but none from SustainableBYdesign's category. We are now developing the concept elsewhere for RSL clients.

Welsh Passive House Competition


Planning permission granted for Code level 6 and Passivhaus in a conservation area

2009 saw the approval of one of our first Zero carbon schemes in a conservation area in Hertfordshire. Link to project

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Sustainablebydesign's affordable prototype code level 5/6 Passivhaus

sustainableBYdesign recently completed the design of a prototype house that was developed in detail for potential mass production for two applications in a variety of locations - a 2-bed and a 3-bed house, with energy prediction using Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP).



Lynne Sullivan is member of the National Energy Efficiency Standard Task Group.

In order to provide further clarity and confidence for industry the Housing Minister announced in July 2009 that the Carbon Compliance level would be set at 70% reduction in regulated CO2 emissions and that a definition of 'minimum energy efficiency for zero carbon dwellings' would be announced before the end of 2009 after receiving advice from a specialist task group, which Lynne was invited to be a member of.

The Task Groups' recommended minimum energy efficiency standard for zero carbon homes has been the subject of a recent consultation and the Minister announced the recommendations along with other news including the launch of a consultation on new non-domestic buildings at the UKGBC conference at Kings Place London on 24 November 2009. weblink.

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sustainableBYdesign to design new community centre

sustainableBYdesign are working with Phoenix Garden on the next phase of a new community centre near Covent Garden in central London. The sustainableBYdesign proposal, which was won in competition against a shortlist of architectural practices, incorporates facilities for the local community with an education resource, along with offices for the garden warden and volunteers. weblink.

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We are now members of the Good Homes Alliance

sustainableBYdesign have become non-developer members of the Good Homes Alliance: a group of housing developers, building professionals and sustainability experts whose aim is to build and promote sustainable homes and communities and to transform the whole of mainstream UK house building and renovation into a sustainable endeavour that improves well being. weblink.


sustainableBYdesign joins 10:10 campaign

sustainableBYdesign have signed up to the 10:10 campaign to help reduce the carbon emissions produced by our business practices: see link http://www.1010uk.org/ We already run an efficient, low-carbon business operation - working to the eight principles of our Sustainability Knowledge Map - incorporating modern, flexible practices like working from home, sharing office facilities and equipment with other organisations and cycling to work and between meetings across London. weblink.

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Part L Seminar, RIBA London

Lynne Sullivan recently presented a seminar at RIBA London on the proposed changes to Part L of the Building Regulations: Conservation of Fuel & Power organised by Hoare Lea Engineers. Lynne's seminar titled "Design Impact from an Architectural Perspective" outlines the integrated, environmental design required to achieve the greenhouse gas emission reductions identified in the UK Government's Low Carbon Transition Plan - see the brochure available through the Hoare Lea weblink.

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sustainableBYdesign on Welsh Passive House shortlist

sustainableBYdesign has been shortlisted in the architectural competition to design the ultimate Welsh Passive House - a prototype sustainable, affordable home incorporating innovative measures for energy efficiency, construction and environmental design. The winning designs are to be built in 2010 as part of The Works in Ebbw Vale, a major regeneration project transforming the 200 acre redundant steel works into a thriving, mixed use development.


Welsh Passive House Competition


Footprint: Architects' Journal Sustainability Guest Blog

Lynne Sullivan has written three pieces for the AJ's Sustainability Blog: titled Thoughts on Copenhagen, Part L Consultation and Zero Carbon Definition. See the Footprint weblink


UK Green Building Council Report: Pay As You Save

sustainableBYdesign has been contributing to the UK Green Building Council PAYS taskgroup which published its report on 06.08.09: http://www.ukgbc.org/site/news/showNewsDetails?id=173. This is referred to several times in UK Governments Low Carbon Transition Plan as a mechanism for helping people meet the costs of energy upgrades to existing homes. It also says if such incentive measures alone do not achieve the reductions in energy use required by 2012 "The Government may need to consider stronger regulatory measures as part of its strategy"


Daylight design for Passivhaus Primary School

Three dimensional Revit modeling and environmental analysis has enabled us to predict and visualize the daylighting and solar access required for a prototype primary school, designed to Passivhaus energy efficiency principles.

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Advancing research and innovation for the built environment

Lynne Sullivan has been contributing to the Strategic Research Agenda for the construction industry through her membership of the National Platform sponsored by UK Government's BIS. The National Platform have produced research priorities defined through the European roadmap, and are inviting industry to engage to secure funding, see brochure available through the Constructing Excellence weblink


Integrated Masterplanning with Sustainability Mapping

sustainableBYdesign has teamed up with Forum for the Future, BPS Chartered Surveyors and Planning Perspectives to provide an integrated Sustainability Strategy and Masterplan for a large employment centre near Gatwick Airport. The proposals use our Sustainability Knowledge Map to ensure that sustainability is placed at the heart of the development process.



Passivhaus Family Homes for Uttlesford, Essex.

We have recently completed outline designs for 14 Homes for a rural housing association, incorporating 5 new house types designed to the Passivhaus energy efficiency standard and achieving Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

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Lynne campaigns for better building regulations.

Partner Lynne Sullivan is speaking at the forthcoming Part L seminar at RIBA in September. Lynne chairs the Part L (Conservation of fuel and power) and Part F (Ventilation) committees and will be reporting on the groups work. The event is by invitation and is being sponsored by Hoare Lea. Please email us if you are interested in attending. For more information about BRAC (Building Regulations Advisory Committee) visit their website


Design of a New Primary School in West London

sustainableBYdesign have completed a proposal for a new 2 Form Entry Primary School incorporating a feasibility study of site re-location options. The project included site sustainability analysis, brief development, concept massing and energy and environmental strategies, and the proposal creates flexible classroom areas, optimum daylight for classrooms and flexible space for specialist teaching. The school's aims for inside/outside teaching, an excellent learning environment, and low running costs are prioritised.

School Feasiblity Study


Feasibility study for a new community centre in the idyllic Phoenix Garden, hidden behind Tottenham Court Road in Central London

sustainableBYdesign has been successful in winning a limited competition to design a new community and education centre in the idyllic Phoenix Garden. Work is ongoing.

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sustainableBYdesign bucks the trend by opening new design studio.

Download the press release

Read the Building Sustainable Design article


sustainableBYdesign has moved to the new office in Putney.

We have just moved into our new office in Putney, South-West London. The location is around the corner from Putney Bridge, next to the beautiful Wandsworth Park overlooking the River Thames.

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Beautiful view on our way to work everyday.


sustainableBYdesign is born.

Thank you everyone who visited the stand at Ecobuild 2009 and kept us busy. We loved it and met some great people. If you haven't heard from us already we'll be in touch over the next week or two.


The finished stand - it's time for change.

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John and Lynne putting the final touches together.

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Just spent the day putting the stand together at Ecobuild. Very fun and chaotic. Earls Court transformed in a night. Gavin starting work on our stand below.



And the first clocks are in.......thank you Anne.