MBA Sustainability Research UnitMonday, 17 March 2008
The practice has formed a Sustainability Research Unit to demonstrate MBA’s practical application of its sustainable principles on past, current and future projects. This will focus on the economic, social and environmental strategies embedded in MBA’s designs.
The unit is the responsibility of James Donlon, an Associate of MBA. He is supported by Robin Bates who has extensive job-running experience of complex residential and conservation projects.
James is the project architect for the design of Oriel College Oxford’s new houses for fellows and graduates, located in the Bartlemas Conservation Area. This scheme embodies MBA’s key sustainability principles, incorporating:
- Closed loop ground source heat pump
- Exploitation of passive solar gain through orientation, shading and solar chimneys
- Biomass fuel burner
- Triple glazing to windows
- Bio-diverse green roofs
- Breathing walls of timber frame construction with sheep’s wool insulation