Guide to Sustainable Design
We consider in the
fundamental grandness of reducing the impact on the
surroundings from building. Our constructions are healthy to live in
and kind to the surroundings. We go through all applicable energy
saving measures where possible and welcome clients who are searching to
reduce their carbon footprint. This document is designated as a guide
to inform our customers of the energy efficiency principles, schemes
and systems that we are capable to carry out.
Check list of energy
efficient measures and schemes that we would promote as current best
practice energy efficient design:
Orientate construction and areas of glazing to
maximize daylight and potential solar gain and minimise heat
loss. In general speaking this
means avoiding large areas of glazing on the north facade of the
and supplying suitable solar shading to the south, east and west
Locate openings to maximise passive ventilation. In fact this means
placing windows to maximise cross
ventilation across rooms where
solar gain is a potential problem. Stack outcome, vertical ventilating
through stair voids or double height distances can also be considered.
* Consider thermal mass as a formula of
stabilising inner temperatures. Materials such as brick, block work,
stone and solid absorb extra
heat in warm weather condition and radiate heat in cooler weather,
heating and cooling loads.
Green roof systems render fantabulous thermal mass and produce micro
Super insulate. We would recommend amending stages of insulation to
follow with energy preservation trust
best practice guidelines. Natural
insulation materials such as hemp/cotton wool or sheep’s wool are
sustainable, produce a healthier inner surroundings and
work more with efficiency.
* Minimise thermal bridging, or heat loss
through the building fabric. This can be achieved by enhanced building
detailing and through specifying high performance windows and doors.
Minimise air infiltration losses, i.e. make the
construction as air tight as possible by sealing allpotential air
leakage routes. A controlled ventilation
strategy must be applied in conjunction with this approach. ‘Build
Ventilate with efficiency. A sufficient inner surroundings should be
potential to accomplish through with
manipulated ventilation via window
trickle vents, passive stack vents and ideally, mechanical ventilation
heat recovery. Quite plainly this
is a system of rules that extracts heat from warm damp air (kitchens
bathrooms) and re-circulates it in the form of dry warm air to reduce
net heating loads.
Apply biological or reprocessed materials where possible, applying the
Green Guide as a reference for
specifications. Examples include
sustainable timbers, low voc paints and breathable materials for
constructions, such as lime based renders. Detail construction so that
materials can be reused.
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