Group 17

This is a valuable & authentic collaboration experience with Manchester City Council's housing department. The aim of this project would be to establish the most effective overall package of retrofit measures necessary with low-carbon technologies at a typical 3-bedroom mid-terrace house. The outcome for this project should be a greater understanding on what is required within the design of a retrofitted home in order to contribute to the Manchester 2038 carbon goal.

Jinyu L / Iat Hei C / Hui L / Aliaksei T / Supriya Maruti J

HEY! There nice to meet you! We are team 17
Posted 14 Mar 2020 00:16
Here is what we planned to do!
GO and take a look
Posted 17 Mar 2020 23:18
Hi, guys! We are going to hold a forum on Manchester Climate Change Framework.
Looking forward to meeting you.
Thanks Alex for successfully inviting Jonny Sadler.
Posted 18 Mar 2020 00:02
We are working with the retrofit team of MCC to develop a booklet that highlights latest green technologies and passibhaus systems available in the market, as well as information of a network of designers, contractors & experts who are experienced in sustainable housing projects.
Posted 19 Mar 2020 00:36
Today we are introducing the case studies that Manchester City Council has showed us and is looking to Retrofit. Some located in Hulme and Rusholme. Hopefully we are able to push towards Manchester Sustainablity Goals and help City Council.
Posted 20 Mar 2020 12:52
Communication is key when it comes to group work and group meetings like these help us come up with a schedule to carry out the tasks for our EVENT.
We make sure we each share equal responsibilities and workload so it's easier to meet the goal. The team was enthusiastic and we all took initiatives when it came to assigning tasks.
We're working as a team from the get-go and it's so much fun when we also get to learn from each other along the way!

Posted 22 Mar 2020 21:58
Why Zero Carbon House Retrofit and what impact can it bring?

Manchester has committed to the following:
- Becoming a zero carbon city by 2038 at the latest
- Emitting only 15 million tonnes of CO2 during 2018-2100 (‘carbon budget’) - Reduce emissions by at least 13% year on year - Housing will need to play a part in achieving this goal.
-Thousands of retrofits will be required every year in order to achieve this goal.
- Around 61,000 retrofits will be required in Greater Manchester year on year, averaging at reducing heat loss by 57%.

Improving the energy efficiency and comfort of the Manchester’s existing housing stock can combat fuel poverty, reducing the amount of energy used and carbon emissions in Greater Manchester’s existing buildings.

Posted 23 Mar 2020 17:02
MCC gave us a brief of the project showing what they want from the final booklet. Their requirements are our aims!
Posted 26 Mar 2020 04:08
Glad to cooperate with MCC!
Posted 26 Mar 2020 04:09
Our outcome should be a booklet which including Background of Manchester, Collaboration of MSA & MCC, Site visit analysis, Zero Carbon Technology Network, etc.
We hope this booklet can help MCC to Convince their superiors and the public as a guidance of social housing zero carbon retrofit.
Posted 26 Mar 2020 04:10
We will invite the architects of urbed to introduce their projects on retrofitting to cope with environmental changes.
URBED (Urbanism, Environment and Design) Ltd is an award-winning design and research consultancy based in Manchester.We believe in building sustainable towns and cities and enabling good design.
Urbed have developed expertise in low-carbon architectural design, particularly in the retrofit of existing buildings. We see this as integral to the environmental sustainability and the long-term success of urban
areas,improving health and well-being as well as climate and wider environmental outcomes.
Posted 26 Mar 2020 04:12
Research the precedent of low-carbon house renovation. This project is part of Carbon Co-op's Home Energy Training Programme organized by URBED. This precedent describes how to help community homes achieve energy transformation. Its architecture and related expertise will provide us with more inspiration.
Posted 26 Mar 2020 04:13
Zero Carbon Retrofit Design Principle-

The three categories of ZCB Measures are: Passive, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Systems; these are shown as concentric circles in the poster.

The first principle in any ZCB design should be reducing the amount of required energy through passive approaches (Passive Solar Heat Gain & advanced glazing for heating; Sunshading & Natural ventilation for cooling; Skylights & Solar Tubes for lighting, etc.). With the needs for artificial lighting and possible heating and/ or cooling, the second principle aims at implementing energy efficient measures. (Heat Pump and Radiant Heating; Evaporative Cooling & Radiant Cooling; Advanced Lighting Control & Energy Efficient Lighting, etc.). Renewable energy systems are needed to offset the energy demand required for lighting, heating and cooling. (Solar Thermal & Biomass Powered Systems; Geothermal; Building Applied Photovoltaic Panels & Building Integrated Photovoltaics Panels; Wind Turbine, etc.).

Design with the Passivhaus standard-

The Passivhaus standard has been recognized as the highest standard for energy efficiency in a building, it reduces the building's ecological footprint, resulting in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling. A lot of the Zero Carbon building designs aim at complying this standard to achieve their Zero Carbon statuses.
Posted 26 Mar 2020 10:14
Simplified Steps to a Zero Carbon House Retrofit.

Step 1. Find an architect or builder with experience of Passivhaus design and construction.

Step 2. Get planning permission- Passivhaus retrofit projects will probably need planning permission as they might require external insulation or changes to the roof etc. The commissioned architect can help with this – low energy Passivhaus projects should be looked on favourably by planning departments .

Step 3. Design the retrofit using Passive House Planning Package Software (PHPP)- it is important that a retrofit project is modelled using PHPP, PHPP modelling needs to go parallel with architectural designs as it will allow the users to see what is and isn’t possible within the parameters of the Passivhaus methodology. Key criteria to reach EnerPHit standard: Space heating demand: 25 kWh/m2/ year; Primary energy demand: 120 kWh/m2/ year; Airtightness n50: 1.0 air changes/ hour.

Step 4. Find funding for the project-The Ecology Building Society offers mortgages at preferential rates for houses built to the Passivhaus standard.

Step 5. Find Passivhaus products- Passivhaus buildings can be built using many conventional building materials found in any builders’ merchant. For the specialist Passivhaus elements such as windows, MVHR systems (mechanical ventilation with heat recovery ) and airtightness products, Green Building Store, a UK based supplier, offers a specialist range of Passivhaus products.
Posted 26 Mar 2020 10:15
The greenest Victorian house (Retrofit) in the UK!

Enerphit standard is the passive house benchmark for retrofit projects — Enerphit ‘Plus’ status is awarded to buildings that also generate at least 60 kilowatt hours in renewable energy each year per square metre of floor area.

The fabric of the Zetland Passive House contains practically no petrochemicals, all the materials and construction details are fully breathable, the dwellings still sit on their original footprints, and almost all 200 tonnes of brick in the property as well as all the original joists and rafters are still in place.

The finished houses are stunning to look at, inside and out. The front façade looks traditional, featuring what believes are the first stained glass external windows used in a passive house project.

Although our “Zero Carbon Empty house retrofit” project with the Manchester City Council focuses on social housings and has a significantly less budget for an intervention like the Zetland Passive House. Nonetheless, we are motivated to learn from their retrofit experience by arranging a CPD Technical tour of the house.

More information of the visit will be announced soon. Stay Tuned!
Posted 26 Mar 2020 10:16
CPD Technical tour of Europe's first EnerPHit Plus Retrofit home.

We are visiting the Zetland Passive house on the 30th of April to get an insight of a successful retrofit project. The director of Ecospheric, Kit Knowles will guide the tour and give us a presentation about the design & construction process. They’re passionate about sharing their knowledge so that everyone in the building sector has the skills to reduce carbon in the built environment.

Ecospheric is a company focus on pioneering eco developments that save carbon and drive technological change. Their mission is to create valuable case studies to progress the field of sustainable construction.

Link to Ecospheric website:
Posted 26 Mar 2020 10:17
One of the key speakers that we were able to invite was WONDRWALL, a complete solution to home automation.

They are the world leader in intelligent home management and renewable energy technology. Developing a range of modular home automation, clean energy and efficient heating products.

The system can take advantage of solar panels, heating systems and battery storage for complete clean energy throughout the home.

We are excited to talk to them about the cutting edge technology in sustainable architecture.
Posted 26 Mar 2020 18:10
With the Events finalising, we are excited to showcase the Event's schedule. It highlights all the points at which we have guest speakers and exercises.

Our Event is centred around networking and communicating with other parts of industry.
Posted 26 Mar 2020 18:19