Environmental Design

We are all becoming increasingly aware of the need to reduce our impact on the environment. While technology continues to improve and the associated costs begin to decrease, there remain some basic principles which incur little or no additional expense yet will significantly improve a building’s environmental performance. By simply manipulating the form and construction of a building; orientating it to take full advantage of solar gain and providing as much insulation within the fabric of the building as possible; heating requirements can be significantly reduced along with the associated environmental impact.

As a practice we ensure we remain up to date with the rapid advances in available technology, utilising green solutions wherever costs and site allow. We have experience in the installation of geothermal heating and hot water systems, solar panels, photovoltaics, greywater recycling, woodchip and biomass boilers, green roofs and heat recovery systems.

We also encourage the use of materials which are locally sourced and from sustainable resources. We consider the use of local vernacular materials not only to be sustainable, but generally also appropriate, introducing alternatives only where achievement of structural or environmental performance requires them.

Re-use of our existing stock of buildings is of course one of the most sustainable means of acquiring new premises, be it for residential or commercial use. If we adapt what we have, perhaps bringing a disused building back into useful operation, we are taking advantage of the energy investment made when that building was constructed. If uses can not be found for these buildings further investment of energy is likely to be required in their eventual demolition.

Outchester Ducket

Environmental Design . View Outchester Ducket

Outchester Ducket

Barn Conversion Near Wooler

Residential . View Barn Conversion Near Wooler

A new use for a redundant barn