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Sustainable Design

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:

Building form

* Orientate construction and areas of glazing to maximize daylight and potential solar gain and minimize heat loss. In general speaking this means avoiding large areas of glazing on the north facade of the construction and supplying suitable solar shading to the south, east and west facades.

* Locate openings to maximize passive ventilation. In fact this means placing windows to maximize cross ventilation across rooms where solar gain is a potential problem. Stack outcome, vertical ventilating system through stair voids or double height distances can also be considered.

*  Consider thermal mass as a formula of stabilizing inner temperatures. Materials such as brick, block work, stone and solid absorb extra heat in warm weather condition and radiate heat in cooler weather, reducing net heating and cooling loads. Green roof systems render fabulous thermal mass and produce micro habitats for wildlife.

Building fabric

* 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 further sustainable, produce a healthier inner surroundings and work more with efficiency.

*  Minimize 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.

* Minimize air infiltration losses, i.e. make the construction as air tight as possible by sealing all potential air leakage routes. A controlled ventilation strategy must be applied in conjunction with this approach. ‘Build tight, ventilate right’.

* Ventilate with efficiency. A sufficient inner surroundings should be potential to accomplish through with manipulated ventilation via windowtrickle vents, passive stack vents and ideally, mechanical ventilation with heat recovery. Quite plainly this is a system of rules that extracts heat from warm damp air (kitchens and 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 includesustainable timbers, low voc paints and breathable materials for historical constructions, such as lime based renders. Detail construction so thatmaterials can be reused.

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