Located on a brownfield site in the centre of Bristol the establishment consists of office space under a series of two bedroom flats. The establishment reaches a Code Level 5 (according to the Code for Sustainable Homes) and is the first private residential development to do so.
Renewable Technologies Employed:
- Passive solar design
- Rainwater harvesting and recycling
- The units have been constructed with pre-fabricated solid cross (FSC) timber, from a sustainable source with external insulation.
- Low energy LED lighting
- PV Panels.
- Biomass pellet boiler
- Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) incorporated with a heater coil for space heating and weather compensated control
- Low energy white goods
- Green roof
- Low flow rate sanitary ware
- Rooflights are triple glazed with seals against weather and draught. The windows are also triple glazed.
- External doors are fully insulated
- High levels of insulation have been implemented with low air-permeability
Space was limited and so became a difficulty with regards to installing the renewable technologies.
Problems were also encountered concerning conflicts of interest such as requirements for wheelchair access on spatially constrained sites.