sustainability in re-use
Towards the end of last year, Locate were appointed by Architecture + Design Scotland to prepare a report re-evaluating the potential of existing buildings for refurbishment and re-use. The report will be available in April 2012.
Chris has been asked to be involved in two interesting university based research proposals; a Brettstapel Research Network based around Napier University in Edinburgh, and a Northern Periphery Programme Project entitled 'NEES' - Natural Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Existing Buildings, which involves a large number of institutions across Europe but the Scottish element is based at Glasgow Caledonian University.
In September last year, Chris attended a 'WUFI' training course in Glasgow. WUFI is a german dynamic hygrothermal modelling tool which allows the user to assess the likely thermal and moisture implications of various wall insulation or treatment strategies. The knowledge gained from this has been invaluable in helping develop a better understanding of issues in solid walled, 'Hard to Treat' houses.
Chris was invited to give a talk in the "Practical Lecture" series for Engineering Scotland on Eco-housing, and followed that later in November with a presentation at the 5th annual SPABis (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings in Scotland) Lectures in Edinburgh. On the same subject of upgrading older buildings, Chris is to speak at a large conference on Refurbishment organised by CICStart and hosted at Glasgow Caledonian University and to contribute a lecture on Sustainability and Older Buildings in March as part of the "Taking Care of Older Buildings Level 2" Course organised by David Martin, at the Trades Hall in Glasgow.
Chris and others went to visit Scotland's largest passivhaus development at the Dormont Estate near Dumfries. Mindful of an imminent and similar development in Dunblane, we were interested in particular in the woodfuel heating system which is what we hope to do ourselves. We were very impressed with the project and warmly congratulate everyone involved on their achievement!
first certified passivhaus!
Chris Morgan and Graham Drummond of Passivhaus Associates celebrated the formal certification of their development at Craigrothie with a visit from Sir Menzies Campbell, local MP, who was impressed with the 'fabric first' approach. See image, above right.