Environmental Credentials/ Approach - Doing our bit
“Sustainability”, “Green” and “Eco” have become a buzz words over recent years and it is difficult to find products and services that don’t have some form of green labelling.We firmly believe that sustainability, in all its aspects and variations, is important to the built environment and our children’s future. In environmental terms we set high standards of design and are committed to the minimisation of our building’s impact on the environment. We are also realists and practical people and appreciate and understand how modern life, especially family life works and functions.
We deal with the issues of sustainability and the environment as integral parts to projects. Our intentions are to harness the location of each site as part of an overall environmental strategy for the development, working with our clients at the earliest stages to ensure that projects are designed appropriately, efficiently and effectively from conception to completion.
A Personal Approach to Sustainability
Our approach to sustainability is borne by our experience in building our own family home to the Code for Sustainable Homes standard, which has given us a greater understanding of what our clients are undertaking and informs how we undertake our projects and what is important to the liveability of the homes that we create.
We were also keen to incorporate Secure by Design and Lifetime Homes accreditation into the house. The lifetime homes accreditation ensures that the property can be enjoyed by a wide range of people at differing times of life. For us, it has meant that our pushchair was easy to get into and out of the house, and our elderly relatives can come and stay with us without worrying about climbing the stairs!
The property was developed to achieve a 25% betterment on current building regulations energy use requirements. This has been done by increasing the efficiency of the wall, floor and roof insulation, installing high performance glazing in the windows, and installing a solar hot water heating system end energy efficient boiler to supply the under floor heating system. We have reduced our water consumption by using rainwater harvesting to flush the toilets and feed the washing machine. Other keys aspects of the code include good day lighting, defensible space around the property, generous internal and external storage areas (for all the stuff that we can’t bring ourselves to throw away!), and defined space for refuse and recycling without comprising on the design or enjoyment of the property. All this seems like common sense, but all too often they are the bits that get forgotten. It’s the nitty gritty of how these things work that makes a house a home and creates useable, functional but interesting buildings.
A business approach to Sustainability
Hunter Architects & Planners are committed to minimising the impact of its activities on the environment.
The key points of our strategy to achieve this are:
• Minimise waste and actively promote recycling both internally and amongst our customers and suppliers
• Striving towards a paperless office by utilising electronic means of communications and submission to local authorities etc.
• Reducing the energy use of the company including reducing unnecessary journeys by car