Sustainable Building Approach
In response to the challenges of reducing emissions from building we adopt the principles of the ‘Low Carbon/Energy Hierarchy’ in our Sustainable Building system.
Reducing energy demand; through efficient design and use reduction. Energy efficiency, smart use of buildings and appliances and behaviour change are the most cost beneficial and effective means of reducing your energy bills and carbon footprint.
Energy Efficiency – Fabric First Approach
The average UK building stock looses a huge amount of energy through inefficient building fabric, the new build regulations have only just begun to recognise this by placing stricter guidelines on the thermal performance of the building fabric.
Simple Cost Effective Measures
Increased Insulation of roofs/lofts walls and floors
Upgrading windows and Doors
Reducing Cold Bridges and improving poorly performing elements
Efficient lighting and appliances
Heat recovery ventilation
The vast majority of these measures will deliver a cost benefit through saving in energy bills, however the Green Deal scheme can provide finance to help with the upfront cost of these measures.
Running Cost implications of a ‘Passive’ Fabric First Approach
The chart below illustrates how adotping an airtight, super insulated Passive approach can reduce energy bills to 10% of conventional UK stock.
Natural materials and embodied CO2
Our timber frame system is inherently more sustainable than conventional brick and block construction, we also specify natural insulation materials, finishes such as lime render, timber cladding and natural floor coverings.