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LATEST TECHNICAL CASE STUDY

Montgomery Passivhaus School

Top of the class: Passivhaus school design

A primary school in Exeter won’t win any architectural awards, but is earning gold stars in zero-carbon and Passivhaus design. Thomas Lane swots up on how to deliver a low-energy building on a budget

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Where the school has an atrium, the E-stack units can vent directly into the space, reducing the cost of installing roof terminal units

Natural ventilation: Second wind

A Cambridge university research team decided traditional natural ventilation strategies were just not up to scratch and came up with a new approach. Stephen Kennett reports

University of Cambridge architecture department

Reducing heat loads: Testing the water at the University of Cambridge

Sustainability and innovation - When the architectural department at the University of Cambridge demanded a sustainable, lightweight building for its students, the designers had to overcome the problem of overheating

COMMUNITY OPINION

Michael Thirkettle

Getting skills down to a T

14 Mar 17

The introduction of T-levels is being sold as a lifeline for industries like construction, but Brexit threatens to derail any benefits

Mark Halstead

Hitting NHS deadlines

27 Feb 17

Getting stakeholder engagement right at the start is key to successful management of healthcare projects

Mark Halstead

Efficiency in the NHS doesn’t have to mean cost cutting

8 Dec 16

NHS trusts must squeeze every penny out of limited captial funding, but with some careful thought at in the early stages they can deliver better outcomes

    

Ben Bolgar

Placemaking in student housing

6 Dec 16

Involving students, staff and the local community in masterplanning has helped transform this university campus

Michael Stimpson

Building a university in the mountains

30 Nov 16

The harsh winter and remote mountain location of the University of Central Asia in the Kyrgyz Republic created some unique challenges

Philip Watson

What’s stopping us building schools using off-site techniques?

24 Nov 16

Modular schools can be bespoke and beautiful, but to build at the volumes needed to keep up with demand we need to think carefully about our delivery model

Mark Halstead

Good stakeholder management

29 Sep 16

Keeping control and engagement with all stakeholders is not just sensible but vital in any project

Anthony Langan

Designing schools in batches

1 Sep 16

Creating 12 schools on a tight budget requires a strategic approach to standardised design and a collaborative use of BIM

University students

Online poll: University funding

1 Sep 16

Will Brexit damage funding for the UK’s higher education sector? Vote here