Energiesprong UK Design competition: meet the winners

Build-Up Net Zero means building new homes on top of existing apartments whilst retrofitting the existing dwellings to provide a full net-zero building. The concept addresses the dual challenges landlords face; retrofitting existing homes, and building more homes. We set two of our teams the challenge of designing innovative ways to Build Up Net Zero, and asked them to ensure their solutions improved the business case so that their solutions could be rapidly scaled across the UK’s millions of suitable apartment buildings.

Retrofitting apartments to Net Zero is more technically difficult than retrofitting houses.  Energy consumption, roof sizes compared to floor area, and tenure differences all add complexities. In the UK, only houses have been retrofitted with the Energiesprong approach so far. We set two teams the challenge of coming up with innovative ways to retrofit two very different types of apartment buildings.

At Futurebuild in March 2020, we had the opportunity to interview 5 of the 6 consortia winners.

Energiesprong UK Design Competition Winners: James Traynor and Conor Bray

Meet James Traynor and Conor Bray

Winners from Category 1: Build up

United Living with ECD Architects, Wilde, Greengauge, Langley, Beattie Passive, IFC Group, Keegans, Carnego Systems, SOAP Retrofit and Build Test Solutions.

Energiesprong UK Design Competition Winners: Jon Moorhouse and Mark Brown

Meet Jon Moorhouse and Mark Brown

Winners from Category 2: Net zero energy concept designs for low rise flats

Constructive Thinking with Core Controls, Mauer, Ventive Darwen and Q-Bot.

Energiesprong UK Design Competition Winners: Robert Prewett and Alex Whitcroft

Meet Robert Prewett and Alex Whitcroft

Winners from Category 1: Build up

DEEP-ER with Prewett Bizley, KIN, and Solid Geometry, with the support of Etude.

Energiesprong UK Design Competition Winner: Hagop Matossian

Meet Hagop Matossian

Winner from Category 2: Net zero energy concept designs for low rise flats

BowTieSprong with Bow Tie Construction, Gardner Stewart Architects, Mauer UK and Nilan UK.

Energiesprong UK Design Competition Winner: William Box

Meet William Box

Winner from Category 3: Billing, metering and monitoring solutions

Carnego with SOAP Retrofit and Build Test Solutions.