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ISOVER - Students Revitalise Warehouse In Isover Renovation Competition 

Students from the University of Nottingham’s Department of the Built Environment have participated in Isover’s annual Multi-Comfort House competition to redesign an existing building to passive house standards, with the winners of the UK heat invited to showcase their designs at the international final.

Demonstrating how the passive house concept can be applied to any building, this year’s competition focused on renovating and revitalising an existing post-industrial building. Students were tasked with redesigning an old Parisian warehouse in accordance with Isover Multi-Comfort principles, encompassing passive house components to create a sustainable building which would also revitalise the surrounding urban area.

The talented young architects were free to decide on the new function of the building and among the projects presented were a performing arts centre, shopping centre and museum, all of which complied with passive house principles of delivering the highest thermal comfort while reducing energy use and CO emissions.

The three UK finalists went on to participate in the sixth international Isover Multi-Comfort House competition in Innsbruck, Austria. The University of Nottingham students competed against various participants from Isover countries from around the world, including Croatia, Germany, Spain and the USA. Entries were judged by a panel of leading experts in building physics, passive house buildings and architecture.

Gerry Mitchell, head of innovation for Isover comments: “The competition is an excellent opportunity to exchange knowledge and ideas with students, professors and colleagues from both the UK and around the world, as well as educate the architects of tomorrow on passive house building methods and the sustainable benefits of Isover products and systems.”

Guillermo Guzman Dumont, architect – lecturer at the University of Nottingham, adds: “For the University, collaborating with industry is a hugely important part of our exploration and development of technical solutions for a more sustainable built environment. Participation in international design competitions such as Isover’s Multi-Comfort House contest enables students to thoroughly examine a array of different architectural designs and gather valuable feedback from industry professionals, ensuring they get the maximum benefit from the experience.”

Isover develops sustainable insulation solutions to protect both the built environment and the natural environment and is the only glass mineral wool manufacturer to achieve the maximum possible recycled content, 86 per cent, using recycled glass that would otherwise go to landfill. Over a typical 50 year lifespan of a building Isover insulation will save 300 tonnes of CO, which equates to over 375 times more CO than is needed for its manufacture.

This year the company launched its 3 Point Plan for highlighting the environmental benefits of using Isover solutions – less materials, less energy and less emissions. From product innovation and the sourcing of raw materials through to manufacture, distribution and installation, Isover, an ISO14001 accredited company, constantly achieves improvements in its environmental impact.

Email: sharon@tonicpublicrelations.co.uk


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