Sustainability

Rundell Associates have worked with firms across the country to implement, develop and field test new sustainable technologies wherever possible.

The company adopted the use of MVHR (Ventilation with Heat Recovery) at its outset and pioneered its use in Russian wooden “Dacha” houses where the extreme cold made its implementation particularly beneficial.

At West Buckland School the use of Cross Laminated timber panels as the main structural element was similarly novel; at the time the building was one of the largest timber structures in England and the first to require its lift shaft to be specially certified due to its timber construction. In several London projects the requirement both for Air Conditioning and heating has led to the implementation of a new heat pump system whereby heat generated by the A/C system in summer is stored and recovered during the colder months by use of a Ground Source Heat Pump. For the first time Air Conditioning is almost a “Green” option, and there is an added

benefit in that the noise and bulk of external condenser units is completely avoided.

Toddington Hall has been designed to be entirely Carbon Neutral with several fields set aside for growing Elephant Grass to be harvested on a seven year cycle to generate fuel for a Combined Heat and Power unit that both generates electricity and heat. The CHP systems were designed by Talbotts, a UK company that makes use of their own patented technology to maximise efficiency from medium to low grade biomass.

Our new houses generally aim to meet Passive House standards, making use of super-insulated wall panels and highly efficient draught proofing, combined with mechanical ventilation, intelligent glazing design and solar PV cells to generate the power required for hting and Ground Source Heat Pumps. Our buildings aim to be as close to Carbon Neutral as possible and we continue to work alongside the developers of sustainable technologies to combine the best of aesthetic design with the best of sustainable engineering.