We want you to have a low-energy, long-life home. So we do everything we can to drive down embodied carbon, which is the energy used to build your house, and operational carbon, which is the energy needed to run it.
Early on we think about how to shape your house or extension, and how best to position it. We look at where to place windows, how big they should be, and how they might be shaded. All this allows us to make the most of the warmth of the sun in winter and keep the spaces cool and fresh in summer.
There are technical solutions too, to make it both comfortable and energy-efficient – simple things like insulation, triple-glazing and airtightness, through to heat pumps, solar panels, and MVHR (mechanical ventilation heat recovery).
When we can, we design to the Passivhaus or AECB standard. There’s a lot to say on this, and together we’ll agree on what’s possible.
Our response to the climate crisis is constantly evolving, as is our understanding of the urgency, so we’re always pushing ourselves to do more.