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Hidden Heroes

Only a very small amount of metal was used in the #COP26House build, but the fixings supplied by timber building expert Rothoblaas were deliberately selected. As a company, Rothoblaas srl are putting emphasis not just on the design and quality of their fixings to build timber structures, but also ensuring they are developed for ‘reversability’. The #COP26House has been built in a[…]

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The COP26 House – an embodied carbon exemplar

The numbers are in, and we couldn’t be happier. The whole life embodied carbon assessment shows that Beyond Zero Homes’ COP26 House beats the RIBA 2030 Challenge target by a substantial 22%. Here Daniel Doran from Circular Ecology presents the results. From its inception, one of the key aims of the COP 26 House project[…]

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A structure simple enough that school children could build it

image showing children constructing the timber frame of School House project in South London

One of the Peter Smith‘s priorities for the design of the COP26 House was that the house should be simple to build, using standard materials and skills readily available today. And an inspiration for this simplicity in build was the Roderick James Architects’  School House project – a structure simple enough that school children can build it. About the[…]

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Heat Recovery Ventilation – for health of environment and people

Stefan Huber, Director of Beyond Zero Homes member Paul Heat Recovery, describes how MVHR systems contributes to reducing energy consumption in homes as well as improving air quality Scotland has ambitious targets: the nation wants to be net zero carbon by 2045. This seems a long way off, but given the fact that our current[…]

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Rooflights, external cladding and insulation

Progress on site continues briskly, as we move to the final stages of the external build and onto the internal fit out. The distinctive red roof is now almost complete – using BSW’s IRO timber. The wooden roof was chosen because of its significantly lower carbon impact compared to other roof finishes. The Fakro rooflights[…]

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The COP26 House build has begun!

Exciting times: last week our zero carbon COP26 House build began on site on the Broomlielaw in central Glasgow. Situated just east of the Kingston Bridge, the house is located within a short walk of Glasgow Central Station in one direction and the SEC in the other direction, where the COP26 conference will be held.[…]