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At home with… Joanna Lindley – Housing June/July 2016

I have been interviewed for the ‘At home with…’ feature of Housing magazine, a monthly publication for housing professionals. The article, written by Mark Cantrell, delves into the mission and methods behind my research Fellowship with the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

“Lindley has no doubt that it [Passivhaus] forms part of the UK’s solution for delivering lower cost, better performing, more sustainable homes.” – Mark Cantrell

You can read the full article in the June/July 2016 digital edition of Housing, here: At home with… Joanna LindleyAnd you can follow my Fellowship journey, elevating Passivhaus from daunting to desirable, on my blog site The Eco Architect

The works at Union Road are drawing to a close. Having been uninhabited for almost two decades, the building no longer represented anything that could be described as a home. It was a dilapidated wreck of a shell that pushed the definition of ‘fixer-upper’ to the extreme. But over the past few months it has been painstakingly restored to its former glory. The townhouse has been renovated from the inside and out, with a Victorian-appropriate frontage, contemporary rear additions and modern interiors. The renovation has improved the property’s impact on the Conservation Area’s streetscape and, having been brought back to habitable use, offers a family-friendly living environment.

More details and photos here: Lambeth Townhouse

I have been awarded a 2016 Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to learn from international examples howPassivhaus, the rigorous design and construction standard, can be elevated from daunting to desirable here in the UK.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (WCMT) is an organisation that funds “British citizens to investigate inspiring practice in other countries, and return with innovative ideas for the benefit of people across the UK”. I have been awarded a Fellowship within the category New Approaches to Affordable Housing – it is my aim to make Passivhaus the standard of choice for affordable housing.

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Following an intensive Passivhaus course and a three-hour written examination, I have qualified as a Certified Passivhaus Designer. This is an internationally recognised certification which demonstrates to clients that I have the knowledge and experience necessary to design Passivhaus buildings.

The standards of energy efficiency and user comfort achieved in Passivhaus buildings are unparalleled in the construction industry. A Passivhaus tends to have a 75% reduction in heating requirements in comparison to a standard new build project in the UK. If that sounds like an enticing prospect to you, please get in touch with me to find out more.

Planning permission has been granted for a JL Studio designed, super-sustainable house in the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The home will be designed and built to very high standards of airtightness, thermal performance, internal air quality and passive solar heating. These are core criteria for a Passivhaus building, where both energy efficiency and comfort are of the utmost priority.

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JL Studio has obtained planning permission for the change of use and internal fit out of a Vauxhall railway arch which is to be used for martial arts by the Urban Warriors Academy. The objective will be to create a welcoming and inspiring clubhouse that is honest to the urban and gritty architecture within which it is situated.

Earlier in the year, JL Studio and Emotive Landscapes teamed up to design a competition entry that would reinvigorate Vauxhall through urban design, landscape, architecture and public realm interventions. Our proposal was one of 22 entries reviewed in further detail by the judging panel. Here’s what RIBA Competitions had to say about our work:

“This plan showed some very original ideas, such as relocating the footbridge to align with Tate Britain. The judges loved this ambitious idea and the quality of the planting proposal.”

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