Comment on: ‘Students demand sustainability’ – Haworth Tompkins’ deep retrofit of Kingston School of Art
In response to Paul - With an overall area-weighted U-value of 1.0W/m2K I wonder if some of the original cold-bridging still remains. The 52% reduction on energy demand is a great achievement though.
Its great to see projects declaring embodied carbon and whole life carbon for projects. For it to be a comparable figure though we need to understand against how many years the whole life carbon is being calculated e.g. 50 / 60 / 100 years.
This could be an exciting catalyst alongside the current party policies for accelerating the refurbishment of existing stock.
I hope that when they peer review the Green Deal's efficacy, that CEEB learn from previous state-funded models on the continent that were significantly more financially supportive. I understand that the Green Deal was targeting more homes than on the continent, with less support and higher interest rates.
When debating how to improve the education system I would encourage looking at the Centre for Alternative Technologies. I studied there after my Part 1 at Cambridge and graduated feeling thoroughly prepared and empowered for the impending climate challenges. The teaching and knowledge remains highly topical to the day.
Comment to Fran Williams - I believe it would be useful with 'Zero Carbon' projects for the Project Data section, which is very useful, to also state the estimated annual operational energy usage alongside the annual CO2 emissions. Whilst the client's commitment to procuring renewable energy is to be celebrated, from a designer's perspective it is essential from a hierarchical environmental strategy to understand quantitatively how efficient the built form is (estimated to perform). Thank you