Focus House - Building Design


Just as we were all enjoying the remarkably mild autumn weather and mulling the apparent benefits of climate change, the aptly named Stern Review arrived last month the latest salvo to try and shake us out of our complacency. But without an immediate cost saving, the UK construction industry has little incentive to use sustainable products, leaving committed individuals at a grass-roots level to push the boundaries.

Focus House in north London, just completed by Bere Architects, is an example of how modern materials can be integrated with simple building services to make an architecturally inventive home on a tight, infill site. Low embodied energy and low lifetime energy consumption mean the home has a very low carbon footprint.

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