SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERARoger Burton,  Architect , Urbanist  and Director of nvirohaus

Roger qualified from Manchester University with a BA and BArch in Architecture and has been in continuous practice since the mid 1970s with a 40 year+ commitment to energy and environmental sustainability. In the early 1990s he received an MA in Urban Design and Regeneration following further study at Manchester.

He has undertaken a wide range of projects from early low energy, passive schemes designed in collaboration with Pilkingtons to a learning centre which was a demonstration project for Egan’s ‘Movement for Innovation’, a key project in the regeneration strategy for Speke on Merseyside, and recently the award-winning Blue Bell Health Centre.

Actively involved in promoting the benefits of sustainability, he chaired Energy Group North West for several years and was author of ‘A Client’s Energy and Environment Briefing Guide’, published in 1990 and still relevant today. He is a member of the RIBA Sustainable Futures Group and was a founder board member of the Centre for Construction Innovation NW.  He currently chairs Constructing Excellence Manchester

A practitioner and advocate of low carbon design, he is a qualified Certified European PassivHaus Designer after undertaking BRE’s inaugural course. He is also undertaking research and development in low carbon, off-site building systems for both residential and educational sectors and advising and assisting both clients and design and construction teams from bid stages to delivery. 

Roger recently undertook a project with the Passivhaus Trust to consider how the standard would meet, and potentially exceed, the requirements of the Zero Carbon Homes standard which was to be introduced in 2016. While legislation to support this change has not yet been introduced, this standard will become necessary to support the Government’s Carbon Plans to reduce carbon emissions by 80% in 2050.  This research is currently being applied in the development of volume residential development constructed off-site.

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