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Sustainability is an integral consideration in all our projects. The following principles are applied to the design process:

  • Consider siting and orientation to maximise solar gain and to provide natural shelter from the elements taking into account microclimate and ecological factors.
  • Where possible avoid over specific buildings which limit life time flexibility.

Design for simplicity of operation, allowing building users to understand and have greater control over their environment.

  • Design for long life, as buildings are often around longer than we are.
  • Embrace new technology and best practice with clear environmental benefits.
  • Evaluate environmental impact of the building on its surroundings.
  • Maximise access to daylight and natural ventilation.
  • Maximise energy efficiency.
  • Minimise water consumption.
  • Minimise noise and light pollution from the building and potential impact on building users.
  • Avoid specification of known hazardous materials.
  • Consider maintenance and how easily elements can be replaced or upgraded over the building’s life.
  • Avoid specification of large and heavy components where possible.
  • Research materials and components which use the least energy in their production.
  • Make use of recyclable materials wherever possible.
  • Specify materials and components with low environmental impact in their production, use and disposal.
  • Specify timber only from certified sustainable sources.
  • Adopt thermal and acoustic insulation standards that meet or exceed the Building Regulations.

Energy Efficiency features exhibited in our buildings:

  • Good thermal insulation, often exceeding current regulations.
  • Good floor area to external envelope ratio.
  • Use of thermal mass.
  • Extensive use of natural light.
  • Solar shading to cut out unwanted heat gain in summer but allowing positive solar gain in the winter.
  • Use of Ground Source (GSHP) and Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP).
  • Use of solar panel technology to heat hot water.
  • Use of photo-voltaic technology to generate electricity.
  • The use of specialist glasses to reduce glare, solar gain and improve thermal resistance.
  • Intelligent controls to monitor and adjust systems for optimum energy efficiency.
  • Personal control over the internal environment to allow for individual comfort conditions, which will limit end user wastage.
  • Rainwater harvesting.
  • SUDS

Offices procedures:

In addition to designing sustainable and energy efficient buildings we operate our own environmental policy within the office including:

  • Avoidance of printing by submitting planning applications online
  • Re-cycling of waste paper, cardboard and plastics
  • Energy efficient building with good insulation values
  • Encourage Walking, Cycling and use of public transport to work
  • Use trains instead of cars to site and other meetings where practical
  • Good housekeeping including turning off lights and keeping doors closed in winter, etc.