Throughout every step in the design process we work with sustainability, comfort and energy efficiency in mind, taking a ‘fabric first’ approach. This keeps us focused on producing both aesthetically pleasing and high performing buildings. You can find out more about our approach below.
Fabric First Approach
Much of the energy use in our existing buildings comes from space heating. Therefore upgrading the existing fabric in a deep renovation, as well as upgrading new elements to better current building regulations, can pay dividends in lower energy bills. We always look to upgrade the existing walls, roof and floor stuctures, and glazing, as well as making the properties much more air tight and reducing thermal bridging. We have the experience of working with many historic buildings and understanding building physics to deliver best practice.
We always look to make the running of a building as energy efficient as possible, whether this is heating, lighting or cooling stategies for existing and new developments. We use a range of technologies to supplement this including renewable technologies like solar heating and PVs (Photo Voltaics) and ground and air source heat pumps, working with various partner consultants and suppliers. At Lambourn Road we used a rainwater store to irrigate a green roof, therby reducing water usage.
The comfort of the internal environment of the building is as important to the health of the occupier, as it is to the long term health of the building. A MVHR system was used at Lambourn Road to extract from bathrooms and kitchen, and fresh air supplied to living rooms and bedrooms. This maintains low levels of humidity and high level of air quality, whilst allowing exceptional energy performance for the house.
Legislation and incentives
The legislation regarding energy and water efficiency can be confusing and contradictory. We guide our clients through the process of compliance, whilst carrying out studies to demonstrate the benefit of long term investment in upgrading the fabric and in renewable technologies, beyond the current regulations. We can also make suggestions as to financial incentives available.