Architectural Designer + Passivhaus Designer + Retrofit Coordinator
BSc (Architecture) MEng (Hons)
Trained as an architect at Robert Gordon University, Matthew has a hands-on approach to design. His mechanical engineering background means he also has a natural understanding of how structures go together.
Matthew's first project was the restoration and renovation of a Grade B listed home in North East Scotland.
The project involved restoration of original features and reconfiguration of the staircase.
There are many challenges in working with listed buildings, old buildings function very differently to new ones and the management of air and moisture in the fabric of the building is very important to understand.
Passive House Design
The Passivhaus standard was first written in 1996 and was based on thermal comfort. Using the Passivhaus standard results in a house with no draughts and a stable temperature throughout. A mechanical ventilation system circulates warm fresh air throughout the building which guarantees high indoor air quality.
A wonderful by-product of this approach is that very little energy is required to heat the home, most of the energy comes from the sun, the appliances and the occupants living in it.
Given the current climate crisis the Passivhaus standard is really the only way we can build new and reach net zero carbon emissions.
It is is also possible to retrofit existing buildings to a passive house standard called EnerPHit, more information can be found on the Passive House Institute page
Whole House Retrofit
Many people are looking to improve the energy efficiency of their home, either to make it more comfortable, to reduce their energy bills, or to reduce their carbon emissions.
Adopting what is known as a fabric-first whole-house approach can reduce a homes energy consumption by up to 80%, while also making the home warmer and providing better indoor air quality.
As a qualified Retrofit Coordinator Matthew can conduct an energy assessment of your home and provide a Retrofit Plan that can either be carried out in stages, or in one sequenced package of work, tailored to the clients desired outcomes.
For more information see the guide to Whole House Retrofit.