Most of my professional training and experience as an architect has been in specialist practices that have focused solely on the practical and creative integration of sustainability into the architectural design and construction processes.
My strong technical background has been supplemented with design and practical, hands-on experience in a range of sustainable construction methods including straw bale, rammed earth, and both traditional and modern methods of timber framing. I have also undertaken a course of post-graduate research focusing on advanced energy and environmental studies at one of the UK’s leading environmental research centres (The Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales). This has been useful in consolidating years of practical experience into a more focused understanding of truly sustainable approaches.
I have experience in conservation, refurbishment and contemporary new build projects and have worked on project teams for clients such as regional Wildlife Trusts, the Royal Horticultural Society, the National Trust, various Local Authorities and the Youth Hostel Association.
I can provide a range of bespoke consultancy services to assist domestic and non-domestic clients in understanding how best to improve both the energy and environmental performance of their building designs and make optimum use of sustainable materials in their projects. I have also undertaken training to understand the role of PHPP in certifying compliance with AECB and Passivhaus energy standards and am a Certified Passivhaus Designer. I can apply these skills to a range of building types aiming to meet AECB and Passivhaus standards using PHPP to model design variations and improvements.
Code for Sustainable Homes Assessor
As an accredited Code for Sustainable Homes assessor, I can provide a CSH assessment and rating service for new homes. I am happy to work across a range of project sizes for single homeowners, private individuals and builders to developers and local authorities.
For the last 11 years, I have been an active member of the AECB - the sustainable building association, the leading organisation in the field in the UK over the past 20 years. As an architect and sustainable building consultant, I aim to design and offer assistance to others towards achieving higher energy performance standards such as the AECB Silver, Passivhaus or AECB Gold standards on a wide variety of projects.
I am also a member of the Good Homes Alliance, an organisation that aims to promote high standards of home building and disseminate invaluable research on lessons learned and successes achieved on sustainable home building projects in the UK.