guiding principles for new building are straight forward, energy and
resource conservation in both construction and use.
Europe we have a preference for design principles that include a thermal
buffer with mass, passive solar gain and
natural ventilation. But what techniques are appropriate for new building
or the upgrading of an existing building often results in several
familiar with and have designed many low energy buildings including:-
and solar thermal installations
rain water harvesting
ground/water source heating & cooling
low energy lighting and power
thermal mass tempering of air and heat recovery systems
combined heat and power
projects that incorporating these are below:-
for Tilbury Environment Energy Visitors Centre & Nature
The brief required 2 classrooms, a lecture theatre, exhibition
space, messing & ablution facilities. The proposal is based
on passive solar design principles with high thermal mass and
use of sustainable building materials, all under a living roof.
Fresh air for the building in summer & winter is tempered
by passing through ground buried tubes.
The installed rain water harvesting, wind power/pump, ground
source heat, solar water heating & PV installations provide
one of the exhibition displays.