SUSTAINABLE DESIGN ?
During the design process, we like to think of ways to minimise our impact on the environment.
- Efficient space usage to minimise material wastage
- Incorporate passive solar design principles
- consider orientation
- minimise solar gain in summer through effective shading strategies
- maximise thermal mass “ heat sinks ”for heat absorption and release during cold nights.
- Source and specify material, with low embodied energy, recycled material properties. Re use materials where possible in refurbishments.
- Specify timber only from certified FSC or equivalent sustainable forestry schemes
- Site waste management through consultant specialist advice
- Alternative energy sources/ energy efficiency and grey water waste systems through consultant specialist advice.
- For new build houses and residential schemes there is now by government regulation in May 2008 the BREAM code for sustainable homes where minimum targets must be achieved in key areas including energy efficiency, water efficiency, surface water management, site waste management household waste management, use of materials.
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