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ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS

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ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS: Putting Theoretical Concepts into Practice, by Rosie Jolly, Director, comtechsa

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS: Putting Theoretical Concepts into Practice, by Rosie Jolly, Director, comtechsa

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  • 1. comtechsa ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS Putting Theoretical Concepts into Practice Rosie Jolly Director
  • 2. comtechsa’s mission statement
    • ‘ Comtechsa exists to help
    • community groups make best use
    • of their land and buildings, by
    • providing architecture and building
    • services to community and
    • voluntary organisations’
  • 3. comtechsa’s services
    • A wide range of services including:-
    • architecture & design
    • landscape architecture
    • feasibility studies
    • full technical projects
    • maintenance
    • planning supervisor
    • project management
    • general help & advice
    • building management
    • offices for rent
    • meeting room for hire
  • 4. our design philosophy
    • appropriate
    • accessible
    • environmentally friendly
  • 5. appropriate design
    • user led, participatory, consultative
    • suitable needs
    • meets clients requirements
    • aspirational
    • affordable
    • low maintenance
    • manageable
    • healthy & safe
    • innovative
  • 6. accessible design
    • mobility
    • sight
    • hearing
    • language, culture, understanding
    • Accessible buildings for all
  • 7. environmentally friendly design
    • use sustainable resources
    • minimise waste
    • maximise re-use and recycling
    • minimise toxicity
    • minimise energy use
  • 8. experience
    • working with communities since 1979
    • over 600 member groups
    • 1000’s of projects
    • £M’s of work completed
    • 100’s of feasibility studies undertaken
    • wide range of communities groups
    • dozens of children's and childcare projects
    • Breckfield & North Everton Neighbourhood council - Crèche
    • Pre-school Equipment Resource Centre
    • Strawberry Fields Pre-school
    • East Prescot Road Day Nursery
    • Sure Start 4 ways
    • Bronte Neighbourhood Council
    • Rotunda Community College
    • Several Adventure Playgrounds
    • Vauxhall Neighbourhood Council Day Nursery
    • Calder Kids
    • Wishing Well Day Nursery
    • L8 Law Centre - Nursery Play Area
    • Priority Homelink - Parent & Child Centre
    • Blundellsands Kindergarten
    • Friends of Dovedale Infant school
    • Millennium Childcare
    • Many community centres with childcare facilities
  • 9. What can we offer Third Sector organisation?
    • involvement & ownership
    • community consultation as a core part of our service
    • a partnership approach
    • a team of 6 highly motivated and widely experienced project staff
    • a commitment to the success of your projects
    • accountability
    • added value
  • 10. comtechsa provides architectural and building services for community groups and voluntary organisations
  • 11. PRACTICAL EXAMPLES BELLE VALE ADVENTURE PLAYGOUND
  • 12. Full Technical Building/Landscape Design Belle Vale Play Centre
  • 13. The Project
    • Previously delivering both indoor and outdoor play structures from a group of containers
    • Required a permanent solution to ensure services were sustainable in the future
    • Funding identified to facilitate the work
  • 14. The Environment
    • Real sense of commitment to the ‘Green Agenda’
    • Several key objectives
    • Minimisation of energy consumption
    • Use of ecological construction materials
    • Use of solar technology and water conservation
  • 15. The Environment
    • Eco friendly paints used for all areas
    • All excavation materials re-used for landscape architecture to minimise landfill
    • Grey water system installations
    • Cost: £342,000
  • 16. Full Technical Design/Build Project North Liverpool CAB
  • 17. The Project
    • Additional advice centre in north of city
    • Remodelling of existing building on site not feasible
    • New build solution design most appropriate option
    • Funding identified to facilitate work
  • 18. Issues
    • Unable to install windows on South West elevation
    • Abutting private gardens
    • North West elevation on party line overlooking a public park.
  • 19. Other Issues
    • South East elevation needed to include a relatively large proportion of glazing to compromise the limitations of the SW and NW elevations
    • Management of building security
  • 20. Solutions
    • SW: Light for this part of the building provided through a roof light into the ground floor.
    • NW: In the absence of a legal agreement with park owners, fire spread, regulations limited the window areas to 4% of the wall surface.
  • 21. Solutions
    • Integral roller shutters to windows and door opening onto the street
    • Smaller windows overlooking public park protected by “Crime Shield” (a finely perforated metal perceived as a dark window)
  • 22. The Environment
    • High levels of building insulation
    • Compact plan form
    • High thermal mass walls
    • Designed orientation of glazing to prevent overheating
    • Use of sun pipes
  • 23. The Environment
    • Fully accessible, exceeding Building Regulations Guidance
    • Cycle park for 7 bikes
    • Cost £500,000
    • Economic regeneration of the area, estimated footfall per annum 7,000
  • 24. Lee Valley Millennium Centre Full Technical
  • 25. The Project
    • A community centre providing a single point of access to a range of services for local people
    • New Build on an existing site (previous centre was destroyed by fire)
    • Partnership funding came from a range if sources
  • 26. The Environment
    • Maximised the use of natural light to reduce the dependence on artificial
    • Acoustic technology installed to reduce sound reverberation
    • Ventilation technology installed to maximise hot and cold air circulation
    • Minimised need for mechanical ventilation
  • 27. The Environment
    • Solar shading - reducing solar gain in summer, maximising gain in winter
    • Large foyer area natural ventilation
    • Grey water system for use by Launderette
    • Insulation - thermal mass
    • Use of materials to minimise environmental impact, in creation, use and final disposal
  • 28. The Environment
    • Main aim to minimise greenhouse gases emissions
    • Desire to install solar panels for electricity generation - prohibited by lack of funding.
    • Cost £2,000.000.00
  • 29. On The Horizon Future Projects
  • 30. Plaza Cinema Crosby
    • Designed by Lionel A. G. Prichard
    • Opened In 1939
    • Art Deco Building
    • Drawing kept at Liverpool Central Library
    • Extremely high energy costs
    • Desire to become a ‘green’ cinema
  • 31. Beechwood Community Trust
    • Large multi purpose community building
    • High energy running costs
    • Inappropriate heating systems
    • Desire to embrace the ‘green’ agenda
    • Currently exploring options for renewable energy technology and funding
  • 32. North Alliance Housing Co-operative
    • New organisation
    • Committed to establishing Eco Friendly housing
    • Approached Comtechsa to explore options/technology and funding
  • 33. Raising Awareness Challenging the Third Sector
  • 34. Work Streams 2009/2010
    • Partnership EOI submitted to NWDA for ERDF funding.
    • Retrofit project using renewable technologies and best practice resource efficient technologies.
    • Involves three prestigious city centre based buildings managed and owned by Third Sector
  • 35. Work Streams 2009/10
    • Environmental and Sustainability Demonstration project
    • Working across Merseyside with Third Sector Organisation
    • Will explore how environmentally friendly community buildings are or not.
    • Examine current practice
    • Barriers to change
  • 36. Work Streams 2009/10
    • Identify suitable technology/cost
    • Aims to raise awareness of the ‘green agenda’ and long term sustainability
    • Work supported by Liverpool John Moores University - School of the Built Environment.
  • 37. Work Streams 2009/10
    • Advancing Asset Programme - Wirral
    • 19 buildings
    • Transfer of ownership from Local Authority to Third Sector
    • Consortium model - infrastructure organisations
    • Single point of access for support
    • Sustainability/green agenda - key to successful transfers
  • 38. Sustainability
    • Sustainability is multi faceted
    • Waste reduction
    • Energy Reduction
    • Use of natural materials
    • Reduction of construction waste
    • Use of local materials
    • 3 R’s reuse, reduce, recycle
  • 39. Sustainability
    • Pollution prevention
    • Renewable energy
    • Using sustainable building materials
    • Partnership approach
  • 40. Thank You Questions