Koru News and Events

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10.9.18 – RIBA seminar on green infrastructure and urban greening

Last week, Koru's director Mark attended a RIBA seminar on urban greening and how to integrate green infrastructure elements. Koru Architects is a research-based practice and as such we believe strongly in continuous study and keeping up-to-date on recent trends in the world of sustainable architecture. We relish opportunities to ...
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22.8.18 – See a Koru-designed house take shape on this house build blog

Ever wondered what it's like to demolish and rebuild a house? Check out our clients' fantastic house build blog and instagram account wearebuildingahouse.com which details the process with regular blogs, photos and time-lapse videos. As they state in their first post back in February 2018, the purpose of the blog ...
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17.7.18 – Koru attends Brighton & Hove Planning Agents Forum AGM

Koru Architect Issi attended Brighton & Hove Planning Agents Forum AGM yesterday. The Planning Agents Forum (PAF) consists of agents who regularly submit planning applications to the City Council. The PAF meets with members of the Local Planning Authority (LPA) on a regular basis, but is independent of the LPA. It provides ...
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2.7.18 – PassivPod wins Construction Business of the Year 2018

We're thrilled to announce that Koru-designed PassivPod won Construction Business of the Year at the National Best New Business Awards 2018! The National Best New Business Awards supports industrious, hardworking and enterprising small and medium enterprises nationally. PassivPod directors Clive and Mark attended the awards ceremony in London on 29 ...
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25.06.18 – Hove Park’s Pavilion Tea House replacement gets the go ahead

We are delighted that our proposed replacement for Hove Park's Pavilion Tea House has received planning approval. Our japanese-inspired rebuild of the Pavilion Tea House in Hove Park will provide a much larger indoor and outdoor seating area for the cafe, as well as a larger well-equipped kitchen and pizza ...
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18.6.18 – Galloway Activity Centre plans for world’s first PassivPod

Some exciting news from our PassivPod project! Hear from Richard Hermon, Director of Galloway Activity Centre, about why he plans to build the world's first PassivPod on the shores of the beautiful Loch Ken in Dumfries and Galloway. Richard and his team are in the process of applying for planning permission ...
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15.5.18 – BUILD Architecture Awards 2018

We won in the BUILD Architecture Awards! We're pleased to announce Koru Architects has been named Best Green Architecture Practice in South England in the BUILD Architecture Awards 2018. This is the second award from BUILD after winning in their Sustainable Building Awards 2018 last month. Now celebrating its fourth ...
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11.5.18 – Koru attends Natural Materials Association business skills event

As a board member of the Natural Materials Association, Koru Architects’ Issi Rousseva attended the Entrepreneurial Skills in Natural Materials event in London yesterday. The workshop, hosted by the Natural Materials Association and Piñatex manufacturer Ananas Anam, was aimed at those who are interested in understanding and commercialising natural materials ...
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9.5.18 – Koru takes part in Brighton2Brussels charity cycle ride

Koru Architects' Issi Rousseva has just returned from a four-day Brighton2Brussels charity cycle trip. The challenge, organised by the Brighton and Hove Property Consortium (BAHPC), was in aid of the Mayor's current charities, which are Martlets Hospice, Albion in the Community, RISE, Sussex Heart Charity and The Clock Tower Sanctuary. This ...
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24.4.18 – BUILD Sustainable Building Awards 2018

Koru Architects has won in the 2018 Sustainable Building Awards! We are pleased to announce top industry magazine, BUILD, named Koru Architects the Best Green Architecture Practice in South East England in its Sustainable Building Awards. Thank you to the BUILD magazine judges. Awards Coordinator Sam Jordan-Turner said: “Due in ...
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We are hiring – Marketing and Communications Intern

We are looking for a Marketing and Communications Intern! Please send your CV and one-page cover letter to Mark Pellant at info@koruarchitects.co.uk by 5pm on Sunday 31st March. Interviews will take place on Wednesday 4th April with the successful applicant starting in mid April. We will only be able to ...
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Vision10: putting digital at the heart of a low-carbon energy revolution

We recently attended Vision10's 'Putting digital at the heart of a low-carbon energy revolution' event at the House of Commons, Westminster. Six inspiring speakers discussed the potential positive impact of, as the title reads, putting digital at the heart of a low carbon energy revolution and the challenges that we ...
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The BAHBA After Movie

Following our recent success at the Brighton and Hove Business Awards, winning the Creative Industries Award - the spectacle can be seen on screen. Hosted at the Proud Country House, Stanmer, an abundance of local businesses enjoyed a night of celebrations. Our architect, Issi Rousseva said: "It's great to be ...
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Winner: BAHBA’s Creative Industries Award

On Thursday evening, our Director Mark Pellant and Architect, Issi Rousseva attended the Brighton and Hove Business Awards at Stanmer House. The BAHBA's is a host to many different award categories - Koru Architects falling under Creative Industries. We were delighted to be announced winners of the Creative Industries Award! ...
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The Business Funding Show

Recently, we attended the Business Funding Show at WeWork, Aldgate Tower, London. Multiple businesses, including ourselves for our PassivPod project, were able to pitch for investment to a variety of companies, including the likes of the Funding Game, Syndicate Room, Angel Investment Network, Startup Funding Club and OION/TVIN/OEI. Below, is us ...
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Summer Networking Drinks with the Sustainable Business Network

Last Thursday, we hosted the Sustainable Business Network's Summer Networking Drinks at our zero-carbon offices. Thank you to all that attended and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. You can read the Sustainable Business Network's report of the event here ...
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Vision10: time for a green and clean industrial strategy

Koru attended Vision10's 'Time for a green and clean industrial strategy' parliamentary launch in Westminster, London. The insightful event discussed what government can do to boost green and clean growth, as well as how to tackle climate change. The main speaker for the event was Claire Perry, MP for the ...
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Join Sustainable Business Partnership: Summer Networking Drinks

We are hosting a networking event in the surroundings of our award-winning, Zero-Carbon Home, on July 27th, with the Sustainable Business Network. The event will enable you to explore the home, hear from its creators as well as being able to network and chat with fellow members over early-evening drinks ...
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‘Making Global Goals Local Business’

Steve Kenzie, Executive Director of UNGC Network UK discussed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) andhow businesses implement them. Our most regular networker, Issi Rousseva, explained that she was shown some great examples of companies already implementing them successfully. Following this, attendees heard from Mark Fisher, Senior Teaching Fellow at the ...
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‘The Great Debate’

What is the future for the culturally-rich seaside city of Brighton? The increased cost of living, matched with the lack of support for small or medium-sized businesses and a lack of jobs - there’s many questions to ask. The main issues raised at the event concerned the above, as well as the ...
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South of England Show

Koru offer free advice at the South of England Show 8th-10th June

Come along for free mini consultations on energy efficiency, home improvements and eco design – bring your plans and photos along! Our senior architect and director Mark Pellant and planning consultant Nigel Alderton will offer free mini consultations to visitors attending the ever-popular South of England Show, 8-10th June. On his reasoning ...
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Tour of Tangmere Solar Farm

How can local government cut carbon emissions and boost the green economy? One option is to directly build solar farms, like the Tangmere Solar Farm our marketing officer Tegan Tallullah visited today. Organised by Sustainable Business Partnership, the event consisted of a guided tour of the 25-acre site and networking with ...
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Tour of Glyndebourne Opera House

How can an opera house contribute to the zero-carbon transition? That's a question Gus Christie, the executive chairman of Glyndebourne Opera House, started considering back in 2005. Since then he has led a major refurbishment of the historic building and an ongoing exploration of how they can become more sustainable. Our architect ...
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‘Building Places That Work For Everyone’ Report Launch

With the right combination of industry expertise, community engagement and a clear steer from government, we can build places that work for everyone. That's the headline message of the UK Green Building Council's new report: Building Places That Work For Everyone. Koru's architect Issi Rousseva attended the policy paper launch on ...
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Green Growth Platform Conference 2017

Green Growth Platform Conference 2017

The Green Growth Platform aims to help grow the Sussex green economy by providing training, events, specialist knowledge transfer and more. The centrepiece of their annual event calendar is the Green Growth Conference. Koru director Mark Pellant attended the Green Growth Platform Conference 2017 on 23rd February, along with our ...
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ASBP Healthy Buildings conference

How can careful product specification positively impact the health and wellbeing of building users and the planet as a whole? That was the central question explored by the Healthy Buildings Conference & Expo on 15th February 2017, organised by Alliance of Sustainable Building Products (ASBP). Two members of the Koru ...
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Property Professionals Meet-Up and Circular Economy Talk

What's the potential of the circular economy? On 19th January 2017 our architect Issi Rousseva attended two business events in Brighton, the first being a Property Professionals networking lunch and the second being a talk on the above question. With a focus on business opportunities from the circular economy, the ...
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Investment Workshop: Learning About Crowdfunding

What do you need to do to get investment ready? On 12th January 2017 our architect Issi travelled to London for a specialist workshop on exactly that question. The event was run by Investdor and Gateway2Enterprise. The action packed 12 hour session, which was really a two-day event condensed into ...
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Shaping Spaces Together: Building the Movement for Fairer Housing

How can a collaborative movement be built around the need for quality housing which is truly affordable, sustainable and community-led? That's the question which prompted the Shaping Spaces Together: Building the Movement for Fairer Housing event on 17th November 2016 in London, organised by Bioregional and New Economics Foundation. Koru marketing ...
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Eco Tech Summit + PEA Awards: In Conversation with James Dean

What's the future of the UK's green economy? The Eco Tech Summit was an action-packed day conference exploring that pivotal question on 7th October 2016, followed by the PEA Awards in the evening. Koru Architects marketing officer Tegan Tallullah was very pleased to attend both events, which were held at ...
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Sustainable Living Fair: Green Your Home & Life

Do you want to make your lifestyle more green? If so, the upcoming Sustainable Living Fair here in Brighton is one for your diary. A fun and educational afternoon event, the fair will be held on Saturday 17th September 2016 from 2-5pm, at the Brighthelm Centre. It’s organised by Discerning ...
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Free Architect & Planning Advice at South of England Show

Are you going to the South of England Show? Are you interested in starting an extension or other building project? If so then we have good news for you. Our director Mark Pellant and planning consultant Nigel Alderton have decided to work together to offer free mini consultations to visitors attending the ...
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Two Innovations in Low Carbon Tech & How to Fund More

We travelled to Shoreham for a morning of talks and networking on 20th April with the Low Carbon Technology Showcase, organised by Sustainable Business Partnership for the Green Growth Platform. This post is a round-up of what we found most interesting from each of the three talks. Adrian Moss from  local company ...
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Koru Architects’ Zero-Carbon Home Wins Green Apple Award

We are thrilled to be announced as a winner in the Green Apple Built Environment Awards 2016, an international campaign to find the greenest companies, councils and communities. We competed with well over 100 other nominees from different countries, and will be presented with a trophy and certificate at a "glittering ...
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Vote For PassivPod And Say Yes To Sustainable Tourism

We believe holidays should be relaxing, comfortable and inspiring - and certainly shouldn't pollute the planet we all call home. Currently, tourism is a huge multi-billion pound industry with over 70 million people taking holidays in the UK each year. Yet our accommodation is far from sustainable. 37% of Britain's carbon emissions ...
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Discover the Best Talks & Products From Ecobuild 2016

Ecobuild is the UK’s biggest conference for the construction industry, with over 40,000 professionals coming to the London Excel Centre every year to learn, source and network. Our newest team member, architect Issi Rousseva, headed over for two of the three days of the 2016 event (8th - 10th March) to ...
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