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Architype: Upper Twyford, Herefordshire

Architype conducts its own monitoring of energy, electricity and water consumption at its office in a converted barn in rural Herefordshire

Architype has monitored energy, electricity and water consumption at its own office, a converted barn in rural Herefordshire. The design, construction and occupation of the barn were envisaged by the practice as a learning process, and during the first year of occupation staff were assigned to read the meters each week. ‘Monitoring is helping us move towards higher standards,’ says director Jonathan Hines. Now, readings are performed by the office manager.

The monitoring involves three different readings: the energy consumption of the woodchip boiler that provides heating and hot water, electricity consumption and water consumption.

The practice will continue monitoring for a third year, and is also planning an air-pressure test and analysis of carbon arising from staff transport to the office. Currently, seven staff cycle into work regularly.

Architype has since established a knowledge transfer partnership, a two-year research project with Oxford Brookes University to develop a methodology for monitoring all its recently completed buildings.

  • Architect Architype

  • Location Twyford, Herefordshire

  • Employees 17

  • Completed 2006

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