NORR Strengthens its Passive House Design Team

two NORR senior architecture team members, Sudhir Thumbarathy and Neil Rankin, Passive House certified

We are delighted to announce that two of our senior architecture team members, Sudhir Thumbarathy and Neil Rankin, are certified Passive House designers.

As part of our commitment to sustainable design, NORR is working to ensure our designers are fully trained and equipped with the knowledge and tools they require to promote low carbon, resilient projects and to assist our clients in making informed decisions. Neil and Sudhir have been longstanding members of our Sustainability Research Group and have been advocates for the introduction of One Click LCA into the practice. This life cycle assessment software links to our Revit models and relays anticipated embodied and in-use carbon in our designs, allowing different environmentally driven options to be explored.

“Developing zero-carbon solutions through innovative and invigorative process is what led me to Passive House design,” said Architectural Technician Sudhir. “Delivering high quality, environmentally sustainable spaces through the Passive House acknowledged mechanism will contribute to greener living whilst retaining the design challenges and reducing the carbon footprint.”

Our Sustainability Research Group was established in 2008 to promote environmental awareness in our designs. Did you know that NORR’s Carnegie Primary School was the first BREEAM “Outstanding” rated primary school to be completed in the UK, back in 2009? Since then, we have been recording, measuring and undertaking post-evaluation assessments on many of our projects to make sure we never stop learning. A combination of continuous research and driven clients ensures our approach to sustainable design is underpinned by experience as well as innovation.

We see sustainable design and low carbon solutions as part of a wider, entirely holistic approach to design at NORR.

Other noteworthy projects include Bertha Park High School in Scotland which demonstrates the crucial importance of form factor in reducing energy costs. Bertha’s impressive form factor of significantly less than 2 is bettered only by our current, and highly contextual design for Perth High School, which will be a Passive House building with a form factor of just 1.5. With Neil as the project architect for both innovative places of learning, he will be well placed to further expand our energy performance and carbon-related knowledge.

“The Passive House standard provides us with an exciting opportunity to enhance our innovative education work,’ said Neil. These rich and interesting spaces will encourage learners to thrive and improve their health and wellbeing whilst also helping us all to achieve our challenging carbon reduction targets.”