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1970's House Retrofit, Herts





‘Agile’ retrofit of a 1970’s house in St. Albans.

This one-off, self-funded architectural project to remodel and environmentally upgrade the architect’s own house became an active tool addressing widespread problems raised by needs to and realities of refurbishment and upgrade of housing in the UK. It developed strategies for maximising improvements while minimising cost and inconvenience to residents, with direct changes to working practices and contract management on-site.

The architect and family lived in the house for two years before refurbishment, evaluating patterns of occupation, human comfort and energy use, developing detailed plans for ‘a lifetime of living,’ while improving the house’s response to site and design qualities. Expensive demolition and extension were minimised in favour of opening, connecting and reusing existing spaces. The environmental upgrade (including new insulation, upgraded heating system, maximised sun-facing glazing and a thermo-syphoning sun space) was integrated into an ‘overcoat’ strategy, which concentrated works externally allowing the family to remain in residence throughout; a really significant saving in costs.

Living on-site, Batty developed and tested ‘agile’ contract administration, where standard multiple drawing issues (typically ignored) were replaced by a single set of construction drawings, posted in areas of the house as needed, only revised ‘live,’ by hand, with builders present. 1:1 details were used whenever possible.

The refurbished house saves an estimated 50% of energy use.

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Scott Batty,
Dec 16, 2018, 3:14 AM
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Scott Batty,
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Scott Batty,
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