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

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