Passive House Plus feature for Bartholomew Barn

We are excited that The Bartholomew Barn, The King’s School Hawford’s new Multi-purpose sports and drama facility, is the subject of a case study in the current edition of Passive House Plus Magazine.

The Barn is the UK’s first ever “Multi-Comfort” building, and a world first Multi-Comfort school. It is designed as a striking contemporary re-interpretation of an agricultural barn.

 

Multi-Comfort is a new wholistic low energy and well-being building standard, developed by the Saint-Gobain building materials company.  It includes with the world-leading standard known as “Passivhaus”. This is an increasingly recognised energy performance standard, with over 30,000 buildings globally, the majority built in the last ten years. The Passivhaus standards, originally developed in Germany, are independently certified and require excellent thermal insulation standards, exceptional building airtightness and filtered heat-recovery ventilation.

 

Average UK Primary schools use around 100 units of heat per year (kWh/sqm/yr), whereas the Passivhaus/Multicomfort standard is 15.  During it’s first year of occupation the Bartholomew Barn has used only 4 kWh/sqm/yr, with an enviable heating bill of just £75.

 

Other Multicomfort criteria include daylighting and acoustic standards, going beyond efficiency to the comfort of occupants.  Full criteria are at:

https://multicomfort.saint-gobain.co.uk/media/1084/multi-comfort-softback-brochure-2015.pdf  

and

http://www.multicomfort.co.uk/

 

A website dedicated to this building, including a talk extract from Associated Architects’ John Christophers, is at:

https://multicomfort.saint-gobain.co.uk/multi-comfort-projects/bartholomew-barn/

 

We advocate that the buildings we design today are likely to be in use into the next century, and therefore building fabric (walls, roofs, windows, airtightness etc) should be constructed to the highest standards to avoid costly future upgrades, slash heating bills and minimise carbon emissions. Associated Architects are members of the Passivhaus Trust, where the standard is described: http://www.passivhaus.org.uk/ and of UK Green Building Council which has championed the business case for sustainability https://www.ukgbc.org/courses/getting-started-business-case-sustainability/

Passive House Plus feature for Bartholomew Barn
Passive House Plus feature for Bartholomew Barn

11.01.18

Associated Architects and UK’s first ever “Multi-Comfort” building, Bartholomew Barn features in Passive House Plus magazine

50 Severn Street submitted for planning
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Associated Architects has submitted an application for planning permission, on behalf of Prosperity Developments, for a new residential building in Birmingham city centre.
TeamBuild UK Competition
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Our own Jamie Green has competed, alongside Arup, at the 'TeamBuild UK' 2017 competition