Our selection of case studies showcase a cross section of recent QODA projects.
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Residential Development, London Borough of Ealing
The London Borough of Ealing have commenced an extensive programme of residential development across the borough. This exciting masterplan includes a number of sites (currently 10) which have been divided into 3 packages for design and construction purposes. QODA have been appointed as MEP designers for Package 3 and have also secured a role across all 3 packages as Net Zero Carbon Champions. We will be employing Passivhaus modelling and assessment to inform the design and deliver Ealing’s commitment to carbon reduction. Ealing are developing their net zero carbon design guide and have identified Certified Passivhaus building as a key part of its strategy.
IDRM, University of Oxford
QODA have been appointed as Passivhaus Consultants for the Institute of Developmental and Regenerative Medicine (IDRM) at the University of Oxford. This is a cutting edge research facility, aiming to promote multidisciplinary working and collaboration across three key areas; cardiology, neurology and immunology. Working with McLaughlin and Harvey and SRA Architects, QODA are responsible for design and site duties for all aspects of Passivhaus design, including a particular focus on delivering class-leading airtightness. Project value: £23.5m.
Church of England, Pilot Study
QODA were appointed to undertake a pilot study of four heritage buildings for the Church of England, ranging from C17 to 1960s construction. Using a combination of careful site surveys, existing utility data and building energy models of each site, we identified a range of interventions for each house type, and rated them for CO2-saving potential and viability in a sensitive heritage context, as well as for disruption to building occupants. For each site we calculated likely reduction in carbon footprint, against a ‘do-nothing’ baseline (the amount of CO2 the building would emit if it were simply operated in 2030 as it is today).
University of the West of England (UWE) SAP3
QODA have been appointed as part of the design team lead by architects Stride Treglown, for the UWE SAP3 project which consists of the development of a new 2000 bedroom student accommodation scheme. We have been appointed primarily as the Passivhaus and sustainability consultants on the project, having previously worked with the university to produce a sustainability design guide helping to address their 2030 zero carbon targets. QODA are also appointed for MEP duties which are being carried out as part of a joint venture between ourselves and another consultant.
One of the key drivers we are working on is the requirement for the project to meet Passivhaus standards, as well as looking forward to how the project can help facilitate the ability for the university to achieve its end goal of being zero carbon by 2030. The project is also being carried out to full BIM level 2 requirements.
Kennedy Building, University of Oxford
QODA are the Passivhaus and M&E consultants for the rooftop extension at the University of Oxford. Rather than simply replicating the existing façade, we have developed an alternative design with the architect which greatly reduces heating and cooling demands, as well as achieving excellent internal daylight and comfort. As a result, the building is close to achieving Passivhaus performance. QODA have also inputted into the detailing of the building to deliver an “Airtight Design”, while ensuring that junctions are buildable and thermally robust.
Court Place Gardens
QODA have been appointed as the M&E and Passivhaus consultants for a 90-home residential scheme for the University of Oxford. The scheme aims to achieve Net Zero Carbon for the site by adopting the Passivhaus standard, combined with renewable energy systems. In our role as Passivhaus consultant we are advising on massing, form, and construction method for the dwellings, as well as developing a simple and cost-effective approach to renewable energy.
QODA have been appointed as M&E and energy consultants for this refurbishment and extension of the accommodation for the Sisters of the Love of God Convent in Oxford. QODA have worked with MEB design and the design team to develop an energy strategy for the new wing which achieves close to Passivhaus performance. We have been intimately involved in the development of airtight and thermally robust construction details and setting construction standards for the contractor.
St Hilda’s College, Phase 2
QODA are appointed as M&E and Passivhaus consultants for two new student accommodation buildings totalling 80 bedrooms, and a new private residence. Through QODA’s leadership, the scheme is pursuing high levels of sustainability including the use of CLT construction and the Passivhaus standard.
Castle Hill House, University of Oxford
St Peter’s College recently acquired Castle Hill House for student accommodation. The site gave QODA, working with Design Engine Architects, some unique challenges. Part of the city’s historic fabric, and with numerous level changes, the brief for the building included a Passivhaus approach. The QODA LIGHT team carried out a daylighting study to optimise building massing, room layouts, window sizes and position. Via parametric solar studies we advised on the optimum spacing between buildings to reduce ‘canyon’ effect and the impact of solar energy. A climate-based façade design was then developed to give the occupants the right levels of daylight and sunlight.