Unfortunately, all building work has an impact on the environment (after all, even driving to site involves fuel!). However, the construction phase of our projects produces almost 50% less carbon than the average new build.
We achieve this by creating low-impact, long-life buildings using as much sustainable and recycled material as possible.
We also enable our clients to offset their carbon footprint and support local wildlife.
How we “eco”-build
1. Using sustainable methods and materials
- Recycling and reclaiming waste materials
- Preserving and restoring original features and structures (rather than demolishing)
- Minimising fuel emissions by sourcing labour and materials locally
- Using low-impact materials such as lime mortar and cob
This ensures that the embodied energy (ie. the carbon footprint) of the construction phase is up to 50% less than the average new build.
We calculate the embodied energy of our projects using the Inventory of Carbon and Energy (ICE) Database.
We then work with our clients to help offset this cost by planting trees and cultivating habitat for local wildlife (see below).
2. Creating passive buildings
Passive buildings require little to no energy from conventional heating and cooling systems. This means that they have a relatively small carbon footprint long-term.
To achieve this we create breathable structures using a combination of bespoke green technologies such as intelligent insulation, living roofs, and cob (an ancient Devonshire material that acts as a natural heat sink).
3. Designing and installing sustainable energy sources
We also install sustainable energy solutions, thus reducing the carbon footprint even further. This includes solar panels, thermodynamic heating and rain water collection systems.
4. Caring for wildlife and the environment
We are happy to adapt our designs, schedule and methods to help protect the native wildlife and foliage (for example, protecting nesting birds).
We also encourage our clients to give back to the environment by cultivating local wildlife habitat and planting trees.
Got any questions?
Our designs, methods and materials are bespoke to each project, so please get in touch to set up a free consulation.