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Architecture World

Andy Winter and I were recently approached by Gail Taylor, a freelance writer for World Architecture News who is writing a piece on the subject of shipping container accommodation for the homeless.

Here is what Andy (AW) and I (RG) had to say in response to Gail’s questions

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Independent report - Residents views of Richardsons Yard, Brighton

Richardson's Yard, Brighton’s award winning accommodation project that uses shipping containers as the primary building blocks, has been open for 6 months now and the first independent report into what it is like first hand to be a resident at Richardsons Yard, Brighton has been released. The work has been undertaken by Juliet Amoruso, who is a student at Sussex University, as part of her final thesis.

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Guide to installing export metering for Solar PV

Getting an export meter takes time and patience. It makes sense to start this process before installing your system as – crucially – payments are not made until you’ve got your meter in place. A flow chart has been been produced to sit beside this blog and can be found by clicking on the link below.

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A future of mobile buildings

Technological innovation, prosperity, social change and mobility, our world is changing fast than ever. Unfortunately, the established ‘take, make & waste’ model is doing so at the expense of our environment. There is a movement afoot to end the linear treatment of resources and shift to a regenerative economic model; a Circular economy; look up Walter R. Stahel, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation or the recent World Economic Forum Report “Towards the circular economy” to find out more.

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Brighton shipping containers installation - week 5

Call Good Energy first thing to confirm the CT ratio (I don’t know what that is/does either). Things continue to progress methodically with the stairs and walkways providing access to another floor. University of Brighton Professors x 2 (one taught me a few years back), come to site to have a look around and discuss decide how to set up the monitoring equipment. Sensors and data collectors will record internal temperature, humidity and carbon dioxide levels as well as energy consumption for analysis.

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