zero carbon house has won the following awards

RIBA Award for architectural excellence 2010

The judges said: “John Christophers has transformed an end-of-terrace Birmingham house into a ground-breaking family home of rare quality, using low energy materials and environmental systems. It is the first UK retrofit house to achieve Level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes….  The neighbours love it, particularly the cheery sunflowers in the front garden.

While externally its character is very different from the rest of the area, the property adds to the urban streetscape. Full of quirky, delightful and well considered details and is a robust and thoughtful design of an exceptional standard. In its first nine months of occupation the energy performance has outstripped even John Christophers’ high expectations, proving energy-efficiency doesn’t mean compromising architectural space.”

 RIBA Manser Medal Shortlist 2011

The prestigious medal is awarded every year to the best new house designed by an architect in the UK. To see the citation for the award and a video, go to “I’m John Christophers. This is our zero carbon house.”

Retrofit Award 2010

The award is to reward and celebrate design, engineering and construction excellence in the retrofit and refurbishing market.

Considerate Constructors Award 2011

The judging panel said: “It was very obvious that an excellent working relationship has been built up with the client/architect on what is a difficult project because of the unique nature of the work in trying to achieve a ‘zero carbon’ house. The site team are to be congratulated on achieving and maintaining such an excellent level within the CCS Code of Considerate Practice.” It was won by Speller Metcalfe for its work on zero carbon house.

Constructing Excellence Award 2011

These go to the very best companies, collaborations and projects – sharing best practice and inspiring others to adopt new and better ways of working that deliver outstanding results. The judges said: “The clear winner was the John Christophers designed renovation and extension of an early Victorian semi-detached property. By achieving Code 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, this unique achievement provides a regional and national exemplar that can influence the upgrade and improvement of a vast amount of existing housing stock.”

BREEAM Award 2011

Winners of BREEAM awards are the leading examples of construction projects demonstrating a holistic approach to the environmental aspects of their specification, design and construction. Zero carbon house won this for its outstanding scores in the Code for Sustainable Homes.

Civic Trust commendation 2012

The Civic Trust awards are given to projects that make an outstanding contribution to the quality and appearance of the environment.  The judges said: “This is an innovative and striking development, nestled in the residential streets of Birmingham. The building is a living experiment that can feed back into the architectural and building communities.”

MADE20 Award 2013

On the occasion of the tenth anniverary of the Midlands Architecture Design and Environment’s foundation, the MADE20 award were presented to the 20 best developments completed in the West Midlands region over the past five years.

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