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tahir



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 08 4:56 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

vegplot wrote:
Does anyone know of an architect who has experience, or the enthusiasm to work with eco build. We've done the preliminaries ourselves but need someone to take it to planning and building regs stages.


Bugger, sorry haven't seen this till now. Have you found someone?

tahir



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 08 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

ECO architects (all AECB members in Wales):

NASARCHITECTS
Neil Andrew Spacey
Edenlea , Church Meadow , Reynoldston, Swansea, SA3 1AA

ISP ARCHITECTS LLP
Ian Stockdale
61 Regent Street , , Wrexham, Wrexham, LL11 1PF

R SULLY ARCHITECT
Rachel Sully
Hillside , Llanishen , Chepstow, Monmouthshire, NP16 6QD

CHRISTOPHER DAY ARCHITECT
Christopher Day
Pen-y-Llyn , Brynberian , Crymych, Pembrokeshire, SA41 3TL

PATRICK BORER ARCHITECT
Patrick Borer
Cwmwr Isaf , Penybont Fawr , , Powys, SY10 0HP

DAVID THOMAS ARCHITECT
David Thomas
Blaen Cwrt , Talgarreg , Llandysul, Ceredigion, SA44 4EU

PETER STONEBRIDGE ARCHITECT
Peter Stonebridge
Tan-yr-Allt , Bont Ystrad , Denbigh, Denbighshire, LL16 5ST

GEOFFREY CHEASON ARCHITECT
Geoffrey Cheason
7 Augusta Crest , Penarth , , Vale of Glamorgan, CF64 5RL

Nicole Jones Architect
Nicole Jones
Abercytor Isaf , Cwuffrrwd , , Carmarthenshire, SA31 2LX

Nick Ruff
45 Clos Derwen , Roath Park , , Cardiff, CF23 5HJ

ACANTHUS HOLDEN ARCHITECTS

Waterman's Lane , The Green , Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, SA71 4NU

B3BURGESS LTD
Nick Ruff
Castle Buildings , Womanby Street , , Cardiff, CF10 1RG

HEALD PARTNERSHIP
Kim Cooper
Garnets Orchard , Poorscript lane , Grosmont, Monmouthshire, NP7 8LP




Huw Davis
Huw Davies
Cilhaul , Ystrad Aeron , Llanbedr Pont Steffan, Blaenau Gwent, SA48 7QB

PEMBROKE DESIGN LTD
Julian Mansel-Thomas
16 Meyrick Street , Pembroke Dock , , Pembrokeshire, SA72 6UT

HESS KINCAID ASSOCIATES
Christopher Hess
Glanrhyd , Llanfair-Clydogau , Lampeter, Ceredigion, SA48 8LJ

GEORGE + TOMOS PENSEIRI:ARCHITECTS
Dafydd Tomos
12 Heol Penrallt , Machynlleth , , Powys, SY20 8AL

MACKLEY DAVIES ASSOCIATES LTD
Gill Mackley
Ffynnon yr Eirin , Crickhowell Road , Gilwern, Monmouthshire, NP7 0EH

Michael Rhodes
Trepit Cottage, Trepit Road , Wick, Cowbridge , , Vale of Glamorgan, CF71 7Q:L

MICHAEL GOULDEN ARCHITECTS
Michael Goulden
Pen-yr-wtra , Llanfair Caereinion , , Powys, SY21 0HD

OWEN H B SHORT ARCHITECTURAL & ECO DESIGN
Owen Short
29 St Helens Road , , , Swansea, SA1 4AP

DAVIES SUTTON ARCHITECTURE
Michael Davies
Penhevad Studios , Penhevad Street , Grange Town, Cardiff, CF11 7LU

RUSSELL-HUGHES CYF PENSEIR/ARCHITECTS
Ieuan Russell-Hughes
56 Bridge Street , Llangefnl , , Blaenau Gwent, LL77 7HH

WILFRED MARDEN ARCHITECT
Wilfred Marden
Yr Efail , Pandy , Llanbrynmair, Powys, SY19 7DY

JULIAN BISHOP ARCHITECT
Julian Bishop
Dan y Garn , Mountain West , Newport, Pembrokeshire, SA42 0QX

AEDES - ARCHITECTURAL ECOLOGICAL DESIGN
Debbie Stephens
Boughrood House , 97 The Struet , Brecon, Powys, LD3 7SL

GILLARD ASSOCIATES
Alan Gillard
7 Kemps Covert , St Donats , Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan, CF61 1YZ

DILWYN ROBERTS ARCHITECTS
Mathew Tench
9 Science Park , Cefn Llan , Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3AH

AIR ARCHITECTURE
Robin Campbell
1 Brynmill Terrace , , , Swansea, SA2 0BA

vegplot



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 08 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
vegplot wrote:
Does anyone know of an architect who has experience, or the enthusiasm to work with eco build. We've done the preliminaries ourselves but need someone to take it to planning and building regs stages.


Bugger, sorry haven't seen this till now. Have you found someone?


No, not yet but we have got a list of prospective candidates.

vegplot



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 08 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That's great. Very many thanks

VSS



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Location: Llyn Peninsula, North Wales
PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 08 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

vegplot wrote:
Does anyone know of an architect who has experience, or the enthusiasm to work with eco build. We've done the preliminaries ourselves but need someone to take it to planning and building regs stages.


Funny, i was going to ask you exactly the same question

vegplot



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 08 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

VSS wrote:
vegplot wrote:
Does anyone know of an architect who has experience, or the enthusiasm to work with eco build. We've done the preliminaries ourselves but need someone to take it to planning and building regs stages.


Funny, i was going to ask you exactly the same question


I'll let you know how we get on. We're pushing this quite hard right now.

vegplot



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 08 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We went to see planning today taking along our building brief plus some visuals we produced showing the build and layout of the land.

The good news is they don't see a problem with it, in principle and they are happy with a 1 1/2 storey (dormer) house rather than a bungalow which is already approved. The only down side is they weren’t keen on have a timber boarded wall which faces the predominant weather. As we're rendering in lime we wanted to add some additional protection. We could however weatherboard the whole building so at least we have a choice. We were rather amused that planning don't appear to be interesting in environmental build, just aethestics.

A positive first step.

Next stage is get architects drawings and submit the planning application and have it approved before October when the existing expires.

RichardW



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Location: Llyn Peninsular North Wales
PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 08 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

vegplot wrote:

The only down side is they weren’t keen on have a timber boarded wall which faces the predominant weather. As we're rendering in lime we wanted to add some additional protection.


Do it as a third fix (IE after inspection). Leave it a couple of years then do it.
My parents had a granny extention built on the side of the house. They wanted to have a sepperate front door so granny could have more independance. Planners refused the door but did say that if you wanted later on after inspection you could add a door & it would not need planning regs. So as part of the build the door way was built in with joist & the bricks layed in a header style over the door way so it was already to just put a frame in later.

Justme

vegplot



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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 08 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We're now back at work after a glorious week strawbale building (an owlry) on a course run by Barbara Jones of Amazon Nails (Rachel's House, Grand Designs). I'll post a few pics in due course.

vegplot



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 08 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I still haven't got the website sorted yet but we have a little more progress to report. We've managed to enlist the help of Amazon Nails to prepare the drawings for planning and building regulations. This is a milestone for us as it's the first positive step we made, apart from demolition of the old property, in getting the house built.

Amazon nails, if you haven't heard of them, are the people who have lead the strawbale build revolution in the UK. Barbara Jones is an inspiration and a very clever and practical woman. They're the co-desighners and co-builders of the Grand Designs Eco Home of the Year award. So we're pleased to have them as our architects and advisors.

Cathryn



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 08 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

This sounds like it is going to be very interesting.

tahir



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 08 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Excellent news

cassy



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 08 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Congratulation, that's wonderful!

Working with the top people in the country will be great. Brilliant coup for your project!

vegplot



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 08 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Things are progressing slowly but surely. We already had some design ideas back from Amazon Nails and it's looking good. Our first meeting with them went very well as we seem to be singing from the same hymn sheet and our impression so far of their ability to meet our needs is very positive.

A recent meeting with the planners seemed to go well enough but it's difficult to judge what their final assessment will be until you hand over the application and paid the fees.

We been discussing using the idea of foamed recycled glass to provide the insulation for the for the solid floor. It is very light weight, has good mechanical properties and doesn't wick moisture. It's an excellent insulation material. We may also use it on the inside of the stone plinth to avoid any cold bridging at floor level but we've not yet developed the detailing for that bit yet.

Our intention is to make the house super insulating so it won't require any heating. However, were going to perform some thermal simulations and will, most likely install a small wood stove but we don't think we'll need any larger than 3-7KW depending on the final build quality of the house and it's ability to retain heat. I wanted a Rayburn but it may well turn out that it generate too much heat but I can't have everything and it will save some money.

We decided to move away from our original L shaped layout and settled for a simple rectangular shape. This simplifies roof construction enormously and the cost saving on this should allow us to use a green oak roof. Unfortunately the location of the building dictate the roof faces south east rather than south west but were going for a hipped roof which will means we can mount our solar hot water panel(s) on at least one near optimal slope. There may be enough room for solar PV's but I can always mount them on a separate structure if not.

My next challenge is to move the container storing all my tools and things prior to getting the ground works started.

earthyvirgo



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Location: creating prints in the loft, Gerlan
PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 08 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

vegplot wrote:


My next challenge is to move the container storing all my tools and things prior to getting the ground works started.


Ooo "My next challenge..." does that sound to you like I'm getting out of this bit? We're talking SHIPPING container here, not a shed or anything small.

... perhaps I'm providing refreshments for the workers

EV

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