The answer to keeping our seas clean?

Every minute, the equivalent of one full rubbish lorry of plastic flows into the sea from our rivers.  That’s 8 billion kilos per year and a real world problem.

These guys may have the perfect answer, and its so simple……air!

These guys are designing a piped system laid along the bottom of the river bed to create an air barrier to push the floating plastic to the side of the river where it is collected, yet the barrier  doesn’t stop wildlife or boats.

See The Great Bubble Barrier for details.

barrier

Wokingham Extension and Reorganisation.

Another great opportunity to visit a client to see their completed project. Once a conservatory, utility room, separate kitchen and dining, the rooms were reorganised to create an open plan space with a relocated utility room.  The conservatory was replaced with a brick extension with roof light and central sliding doors.

Chalfont Update

The Chalfont houses are now complete, signed off and one sold which is fantastic.

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Once again we have achieved a “B” energy rating due to the super insulated timber frame, Solar PV, MVHR and energy efficient appliances.  To better this we need to improve on the Gas fired heating system, so the next development is incorporating Ground Source heat pumps. Looking forward to seeing that come together.

Chalfont St Peter

The Chalfont houses are now complete, signed off and one sold which is fantastic.

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Once again we have achieved a “B” energy rating due to the super insulated timber frame, Solar PV, MVHR and energy efficient appliances.  To better this we need to improve on the Gas fired heating system, so the next development is incorporating Ground Source heat pumps.  Looking forward to seeing that come together.

VR for Architecture

I recently attended an introduction to virtual reality and its part in Architecture.

My entry into Architecture was pencil and paper on a drawing board, but things have really moved on.  Most of my work is still 2 dimensional CAD, but there numerous 3D applications available which really help to understand and explore spatial awareness.

VR takes this to the next level; The clarity of the graphics is amazing, layers add furniture, décor, time of day and weather.  From a sunny summers day to a heavy rain or snow shower, vehicles and people move around and interact with the scene that has been set.

Furthermore, by selecting an object in a room, thanks to BIM modelling, you can see specific details including price, suppliers and technical details.  For anybody considering a large scale project, this could be a great asset.

Looking back

I recently found a treasure trove of old hand-drawn plans from 1990.  Wonderful to look back.