My approach to sustainable design

I believe that it is important to design architecture which has a positive impact on the natural environment, for the benefit of the planet and the people who inhabit our buildings. 

The benefits to property owners are enormous with the potential for significantly reduced heating bills, better living environment and increased value of the property.

Brief

At an early stage of the project I will look to develop an environmental brief which is right for you, your site and your budget. This might mean exploring a passivhaus or 'fabric first' approach to reduce energy loss, sourcing low impact materials and techniques or incorporating renewable sources of energy within the construction of the building.

What is Passivhaus?

The Passivhaus Standard was developed in Germany in the early 1990s and is now a leading assessment method and design methodology for energy performance in buildings. A project can be certified by the Passivhaus Institut if it meets the necessary requirements of heating and cooling energy requirements. This approach can be used in both new and retrofit of existing buildings.

Environmental measures for historic buildings

Almost a third of buildings in the UK have solid walls with no insulation which means our houses can be damp, drafty and hard to heat. Care is required when upgrading to ensure that the right materials are used which are sensitive to the nature of the building. 'Breathable' insulation such as woodfibre and lime based renders can ensure that moisture does not get trapped within the fabric of the building and cause further problems. 

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