A new rating programme that promotes sustainable renovations will be launched this summer by BRE.
The BREEAM Refurbishment scheme will go live for registrations on 2 July 2012 and will focus on narrowing the huge gap between new buildings which are getting greener and the huge amounts of existing housing stock which are obviously not getting any greener. Addressing existing housing stocks and improving their performance is key to achieving the optimistic CO2 reduction goals set by the Government. The climate change act (2008) commits the UK to a 34% reduction on 1990 levels by 2020 and an 80% reduction by 2050. read more…
Fife Architects are pleased to have been commissioned for a garage conversion in Anstruther this month where the client would like to convert their existing double garage into a new family garden room and workshop area. An application for Certificate of Lawfulness was made with the new proposals and Fife Council have confirmed a full planning application is required – the new Householder Permitted Development Rights are great but it shows that the Council is still applying very strict guidelines to existing garages!
Anstruther Garage Conversion
Our basement renovation project at Stewarton Drive, Cambuslang started on site in February 2012 and is half way through construction now with major demolition and excavation taking place at present. The project is due for completion in May 2012 so watch this space for before and after pictures!
We are pleased to have obtained full planning permission for two of our projects this month – a stone house extension and internal alterations near Crail to accommodate a new kitchen, and two oak extensions to accommodate a garden room and rear porch in Cellardyke.
Now it’s back to work to develop the proposals into fully detailed drawings and submit for building warrant…
We are pleased to confirm that Lucy has secured the funding for and a place on the Certified European Passive House Designer course run by Strathclyde University, Glasgow and will attend in May 2012 for two weeks of hardcore learning followed by a final exam in June so she better start sharpening her pencils!
Fife Architects believe that the ‘Passive House’ and ‘Passive Building’ concept, which is fairly new to the UK but actually began in Germany in the 1980’s, is a simple and practical building solution that addresses energy consumption problems in buildings (not only houses) and are delighted to have the opportunity to become certified in this field.
AMAZING FACT: Passive Houses allow for energy savings of up to 90% – yes, 90% – compared with typical European homes
If you are interested in finding out more about Passive Building design, click on the following links:
What a start to 2012. We’ve had a very encouraging start to the new year with a number of very interesting enquiries and project opportunities (more of this in our next news update), also we are delighted to have been featured in the Architects Journal website in their New Practices section which showcases a series of practice profiles that look at architects who have recently decided to set up shop. Being a small practice here in the East Neuk, at times it feels a million miles away from London but none the less, it feels great to be noticed by such a reputable national architecture publication. Thank you AJ!
See below the full feature article. read more…
To begin summarizing an entire year (well 4 months in our case!) we hold no reservations in saying it has been a very encouraging start to our practice and very busy run up to close of play at the end of December. November was a very busy period which saw us securing 2 new commissions; a full building warrant application in St Monans for internal renovations / attic conversion and a full refurbishment and rear extension to a traditional stone cottage and extension for an up-market holiday cottage near Crail.
There is no doubt that we are living through a transition towards a green era of sustainability and environmental responsibility.
Increasing energy prices, concern about climate change and occupant health-consciousness are influencing people around the globe to take decisive action to make buildings and societies greener and more sustainable. Architects, Engineers and Designers worldwide are increasingly concerned about the current state of energy consumption and carbon emissions and are looking more and more into sustainable design to keep up with increasing demands by governments, building standards and users who are screaming for a stark redirection of current design and construction approaches.
In the UK the focus of legislation and the construction industry seems to be about developing zero carbon homes.
Because, Some 26% of UK’s carbon emissions come from homes, making it a significant area for reducing emissions overall according to UK Green Building Council and WWF.
This target is without doubt amongst the most challenging in the world. read more…
What a busy period it has been leading up to Autum. October saw us running around all over the East Neuk, getting involved in several good projects ranging from small conversions to new build properties. We have had the privilege of working with our clients in a few Kick-Start Sessions where the home sessions proved to be very valuable to both Architect and Client. The feedback we’ve received so far is very positive on this service and it’s allowing an open interaction at early design stage to helps us deliver a final design that is ultimately best suited for the client.
We are also proud to announce that Fife Architects have been commissioned to design a modern, environmentally friendly Oak Frame extension in Cellardyke and we were also delighted to have carried out a detailed feasibility study for a renovation of a ‘B’ listed property in Anstruther Harbour.
Internal Alterations & Attic Conversion, St, Monans // Full Building Warrant Application
Fife Architects recenlty worked with the client to develop a full Building Warrant application for a cottage flat in St. Monans, Fife.