An Open House event programme has invited 70 members of the local community into the home of an award winning eco-architect. Brighton’s annual Eco Open House event delivered 3 tours to explore a unique zero carbon home in real life daily use. Each tour showed a combination of working features including a biomass boiler, rainwater harvesting, photovoltaic panels, underfloor heating, natural materials and a solid timber frame construction.
The tours were given free of charge by Mark Pellant founder of Koru Architects in Hove. AECB members Koru Architects in Hove have been awarded the RIBA Downland Prize 2011 for sustainability for their house/studio in Hove. The Downland Prize for Architects is awarded annually to a Chartered Architect based in south east England. It celebrates the added value that an architect brings to a project costing under £1.5 million, and the importance of ‘chemistry’ between architects, clients, contractors for completing successful buildings.
The house/studio project cleverly makes use of a constricted, sloping site through split-level design and creates a series of interesting, unique spaces. A top lit vertical circulation volume floods the house with daylight and acts as the ‘lungs’ by ventilating and cooling the spaces on warm days. Glazing to the south-facing rooms maximises passive solar gain, a roof-integrated solar pv provides electricity, thermal array provides the family’s hot water, the mains grid and a biomass boiler covers the shortfalls in winter.
Mark is now planning to follow the nationally accredited Responsible Business Award programme which benchmarks best practice for sustainable business operations. His independent advisor Clive Bonny is already a Gold Award winner for meeting Responsible Business Standards. Clive says “Mark is passionate about sharing practical ways to resolve environmental problems. His own home is a testament to holistically merging the best technologies to create high quality sustainable living standards whilst saving significant costs in running a home.”
Mark Pellant MAP@Koruarchitects.co.uk 01273 204065