Staff Spotlight - Jack Preece

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  • What do you like most about your job?

The opportunity to get involved in the whole energy strategy for a building, from ensuring that the building fabric is high performance and mitigates moisture risk, to optimising the glazing / shading to reduce overheating whist maximising solar gains. Then designing a low impact M&E system that compliments the energy demands.

  • If you could switch jobs with anyone, who would it be?

With the current weather we’ve had, a fruit picker on a UK farm! But maybe that’s just because of current work from home situation.

  • What’s something most people don’t know about you?

During April I have been repeatedly cycling up and down my local hill until I reach the equivalent elevation height of Everest. However, I have just discovered that if the calories required to fuel the cycling came purely from consuming bananas the carbon footprint of this challenge is about 5.5 kg of CO2e! It would have been better to watch TV for ~50 hours! But fortunately not as bad as burning two litres of petrol.

  • Can you recommend your favourite blog?

The Rich Roll podcast is always a good listen. He discusses all things from human health to the environment and has some great guests such as Nick Butter who just finished running a marathon in every country!

  • What are your hopes for our industry?

That windows on buildings are seen in the same way as wheels on cars. If they are too big or too small, it won’t work without a significant redesign.

Along with Passivhaus to be the minimum accepted standard in terms of comfort and energy performance both driven by client demand and government legislation.

  • What is on your bucket list?

A Land’s End to John O’Groats bike ride, I think the UK has a lot to offer and I’ve barely scratched the surface! And whilst I’m at it, learning how to wheelie would be a good party trick.