First up Ecospheric! Ecospheric focus on pioneering eco developments that save carbon and drive technological change. The built environment sees new measures being introduced as we slowly approach the 2050 pledge for zero net buildings. The firms director Kit Knowles and his team aim to create valuable case studies to progress the field of sustainable construction.
The Zetland Passive House located in Manchester was named the “greenest retrofit” in the UK, and through their continuous search and passion for innovative solutions and high standard projects they managed to achieve beyond Passive House standards. The new Arts and Crafts development set in the Cotswolds, which aims for Passivhaus Premium is an opportunity to set a precedent not only for Passive House standards but also future Paragraph 79 projects.
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Next up Rural Solutions!
Selby Stocks is a Senior Architect working for Rural Solutions, who together with Ecospheric are undertaking the design of ‘Little Rissington’, an Arts and Crafts Paragraph 79 new-build home in the Cotswolds. Rural Solutions are a specialist consultancy group, national leaders in designing exceptional new and replacement country homes that sit harmoniously within pastoral landscapes.
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ECOtswolds is an opportunity for students to be involved in a project that will push the boundaries of innovative technologies used in not just this Paragraph 79 project, but as society heads towards a net-zero carbon future. The research undertaken during this project will also have a positive impact on the communities that the client works with as the use of environmental technologies improves the quality of design and subsequently the value of the buildings. There is also an opportunity to educate and inspire through the research undertaken by ECOtswolds, by utilising graphical explanations of the various processes involved in an innovative design project.
It is our aim to make our mark on the future Paragraph 79 projects by setting a high standard for the use of innovative technologies in future proposals, with the goal of inspiring more clients to use innovative environmental technologies in their projects, engaging with the community and improving their local area in doing so.
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Yesterday we had a client catch up meeting with Ecospheric’s Tiffany Chong, who is our main liaison throughout the project. We had a great catch-up and were able to confirm further details on some of our main outputs, including: Website content, Graphical styles and research. Although we have discussed these prior, we wanted to check in to see if anything had changed, as the client had informed us they have had some timeline changes on their end of the project. However, these have not affected our internal timelines or outputs at all, so we can now focus on getting prepped for our sessions next week!
This week we have begun the process of putting our research findings onto paper. BA students have been sketching out innovative technologies that through our research, we believe the client will be able to utilise. This was also an opportunity to work out how to agree on styles of graphics for the final versions. Students have a variety of skills and knowledge of different software, which has made these sessions extra exciting for the team!