This section of the training module gives examples of sustainable construction techniques in practice across the UK and in a wider context across Europe. Expert practitioners give their views and experiences, to give an insight into the advantages and disadvantages of sustainable building.
Peter Warm explains the common pitfalls that can be made during the construction of Passivhaus including the need to design out difficult features to make construction easier. He explains that attention to detail is necessary as the effect of insulation can easily be ruined if it is not installed correctly.
Steve Charter explains the significance of Passivhaus, with reference to changes in building regulations and standards and market changes. He also gives illustrated examples of the specialist skills and techniques necessary for Passivhaus construction.
Code for Sustainable Homes
Examples from Derek Moss, Ecofirst and ZeroC - a developers’ perspective of building to the Code. Derek presented two very interesting case studies to show the developers’ thought process and how consultants and local authority planners can help shape developments to ensure that sustainability features are ‘designed in’ from the start, to ensure cost effective compliance with Code and BREEAM levels.
Paul Stewart (Associate, Mayer Brown Limited), gives an introduction to Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) and the legislation surrounding SuDS development.
An introduction to Biodiversity Issues - Ian Barker, Ecologist, New Forest National Parks Authority