Mark Elton

BA (Hons) Arch, Dip Arch, RIBA, CEPHD


Mark Elton

Mark joined sustainableBYdesign as a Partner in 2013, bringing with him over 18 years of experience in low energy architecture on a wide variety of award-winning, exemplar projects. His interest in sustainable design stems from a combined architectural and engineering education at the University of Bath and subsequently the University of Plymouth. After graduating he started his career at HLM Architects, where as Project Architect he was responsible for a number of office and education projects, including the University of Surrey's School of Management. He joined ECD Architects in 2001 where he was able to broaden his interest and experience in low carbon design, master planning and construction, through projects such as Broadclose Farm in his native Cornwall, which received the Richard Feilden Housing Design Awards 2007, and estate regeneration schemes in Tower Hamlets.

He was designated Head of Sustainable Design within the practice in 2008 and was responsible for further award-winning projects such as the 'BREEAM Excellent' Wolseley Sustainable Building Centre in Leamington Spa, Stonegate Way extra care housing in Leeds and a number of exemplar retrofit projects, including the 'Retrofit & Replicate' scheme which won Sustainable Social Housing Refurbishment Project of the Year at the 2009 Inside Housing Awards. He went on to develop particular expertise in large-scale and hi-rise retrofit through schemes such as the Edward Woods estate, which featured in the LSE study 'High Rise Hope' into the social implications of energy efficient retrofit, and the EnerPhit-standard retrofit of Maran Way in South Thamesmead. At the other end of scale, Mark helped develop Passivhaus-compliant standard details for Rockwool's RockShell building system across the UK and Europe.

He is an accredited European Passivhaus Designer and, as a Founder member of the Passivhaus Trust, led on the development of Passivhaus design within ECD including the Cornish terraced house design 'Chi Difreyth' for the Clay Country Eco Town. Mark believes that the deep understanding of building physics and detailing rigour that Passivhaus training brings, coupled with an extensive knowledge of building materials and their environmental impacts, can bring great credibility to the design process and avoid the tick box approach to 'green' design all too commonly passed off as sustainability. He was recently delighted to be appointed as a Judge for the International Passivhaus Awards 2014.

He has been a representative on the RIBA Sustainable Futures group for over 4 years and he was formerly one of the three RIBA representatives on DECC's Green Deal forum (along with Lynne Sullivan) and continues to engage on RIBA matters relating to the retrofit agenda. He also represents the RIBA on the CIBSE group 'Homes for the Future' and the BRE/EST National Refurbishment Centre initiative.

He was recently the author of the Institute for Sustainability's guide on Improving the Building Fabric and writes articles regularly for architectural publications on sustainable design, including these blog entries on becoming a Passivhaus designer for the Architects Journal 01, 02, 03 .Mark is a regular speaker at conferences on retrofit and sustainable design generally and was selected as one of the UK's top 10 most influential sustainable architects on Twitter, where you find him at @mark_elton


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