Lancaster Cohousing scheme

Lancaster CoHousing Green Building Store MVHR design and supply
We have been very happy with both the products & service from Green Building Store. I would have absolutely no hesitation in using them again. The MVHR commissioning work was very good and thorough, which made the Passivhaus certification process easier. We have also had very positive feedback about the MVHR systems from our clients. In fact, the only complaints we have had are that people are worried that they’re not on, because the systems are so silent in operation!

Andrew Yeats – EcoArc Architects

The technical expertise of Andrew Farr & Green Building Store’s MVHR department meant that it made complete sense to use Green Building Store for our MVHR systems at the project. We felt that we were working among trusted friends and suppliers with whom we could feel confident in the price and straight and honest dealings.

Andrew Yeats – EcoArc Architects

We are also big fans of Green Bulding Store’s water saving products which have proved very robust and reliable on many projects we have worked on.

Andrew Yeats – EcoArc Architects

Lancaster Cohousing is a Passivhaus housing development comprising 41 private houses in a car-free site, alongside shared community facilities including a common house, laundry, orchard, gardens, children’s room and play areas, and on-site work spaces for rent. This owner-occupied project evolved through a participatory design process with the individual householders and EcoArc Architects.

Green Building Store MVHR systems & water saving sanitaryware were specified for the award-winning housing development.

Designing the MVHR ventilation system

EcoArc Architects worked closely with M & E consultant Alan Clarke to develop an M & E schematic for the project. Quite early on in the project Green Building Store MVHR Technical Consultant Andrew Farr was brought in to help design and support the delivery of the MVHR systems for the project.

Andrew Yeats, Director of EcoArc Architects explained:
“We are big fans of the PAUL MVHR systems which Green Building Store supply. In addition, the technical expertise of Andrew Farr & Green Building Store’s MVHR department meant that it made complete sense to use Green Building Store for our MVHR systems at the project. We felt that we were working among trusted friends and suppliers with whom we could feel confident in the price and straight and honest dealings.”

Green Building Store designed, supplied and commissioned PAUL Focus 200 MVHR units to all 41 of the homes on site. In addition members of the MVHR team came on site to offer training to the sub-contractors fitting the MVHR systems, to help them correctly insulate intake ducts etc. Green Building Store is involved in aftercare at the project and is currently carrying out a research project with Alan Clarke at one of the houses, monitoring the effectiveness of humidity recovery heat exchangers.

MVHR ‘silent in operation’

Andrew Yeats commented further:
“We have been very happy with both the products & service from Green Building Store. I would have absolutely no hesitation in using them again. The MVHR commissioning work was very good and thorough, which made the Passivhaus certification process easier. We have also had very positive feedback about the MVHR systems from our clients. In fact, the only complaints we have had are that people are worried that they’re not on, because the systems are so silent in operation!
Green Building Store also helped me recently on another job where a client changed their mind at the last minute about which MVHR system they wanted. The Green Building Store team were very flexible and quick in responding and helping me out of a fix. I like the fact that the MVHR department is relatively modest in size so that you get a very personal service combined with specialist Passivhaus technical expertise.”

Water saving toilets

Green Building Store also supplied water saving toilets for the project, including the ES4 water efficient siphon flush WCs. Andrew Yeats commented: “We are also big fans of Green Bulding Store’s water saving products which have proved very robust and reliable on many projects we have worked on”.

More information

EcoArc Architects www.ecoarc.co.uk Tel: 01539 822822

Lancaster cohousing lancastercohousing.blogspot.co.uk/

M & E Consultant Alan Clarke Tel: 01594 563356

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