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Energy Autonomous Live-Work Prototype Studio

Energy Autonomous Live-Work Prototype Studio

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  • Neil Burford (Architect)


Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDundee Botanic Gardens
Media of outputOther
SizeBuilding (Built Work)
StatePublished - 2013


'Energy Autonomous Live-Work Prototype Studio' is a 50m2 Passivhaus standard zero-energy, off-grid demonstrator live-work unit – the first of its kind to be constructed in the UK. This interdisciplinary practiced based research project was initiated by Burford in the Department of Architecture in July 2011. It has involved the collaboration between disciplines from across the University of Dundee including researchers in the Divisions of Physics, Electronic Engineering and Civil Engineering, and externally with Edinburgh Napier’s Forest Products Research Institute, Dundee City Council Building Control Department, Buro Happold Engineers and a large consortia of industry stakeholders. Located in the City’s Botanical Gardens the prototype is being developed and constructed as a self-build project with the Department of Architecture’s Macro Micro, MArch teaching unit, MSc and undergraduate students in Civil Engineering and Physics. Dundee City Council Building Control Department have advised on regulatory requirements, Buro Happold Engineers, Edinburgh on structural design and certification and Sir Robert McAlpine on construction management as well as implementing the ground-works and formwork for the foundation build. Construction commenced in December 2012 and the prototype was completed to a wind and water tight stage in May 2013. The building is currently being instrumented so that the design and technologies can be tested in a real-world situation over a period of four years generating understanding of user behaviour and technical performance.

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