Conservation & Sustainability
We believe Architecture should be designed to last; it should be inherently sustainable and not concerned with conservation narrowly interpreted as re-enactment. We take conservation and sustainability seriously and are keen to improve the fabric of existing buildings.
We have been formally trained in conservation principles, Passivhaus and sustainable refurbishment by the RIBA the BRE. We are seeking accreditation as conservation architects with the RIBA conservation Register and the AABC.
We provide useful, practical and affordable advice on conservation, energy efficiency and environmentally friendly construction practices.
Design Life & Whole Life
We believe the design life and whole life costs should be carefully considered and given significant weighting as part of the design process.
We offer quinquennial inspections and maintenance advice on all our completed projects for a nominal fee. We feel strongly that our involvement in a project should not end at completion of the build; it is very important to us to understand what is and what isn’t successful over the longer term.
Passivhaus & Renewables
We are keen to promote passive design principles and demand reduction. We can provide energy models using Passivhaus software (PHPP) when relevant, we can also provide thermal bridging details and 2D calculations using Therm if needed.
We have ample experience incorporating various types of renewables into built projects, and will integrate these into designs where appropriate.
Most of our projects could be categorised as Active house. This is a fairly new concept in low energy buildings and is appropriate where PassivHaus certification is not viable. Essentially it involves the relaxing of strict PassiHaus principles, high levels of insulation, renewables, good airtightness, heat recovery and other active building elements where appropriate. Energy performance can be modelled using PassivHaus software when required.
Localism & Stakeholders
We are interested in investing our work, ideas and effort into our local area, local communities and as stakeholders.
We are developing quinquenniual reports and conservation recommendations for a couple of sites we are personally involved in towards accreditation as conservation architects.