Energy Efficient Architecture
My focus is to create living environments to the highest standard, not only in terms of functionality and appearance, but also in terms of the quality of the living environment.... making them very healthy and extremely comfortable places to live in, simply and easily.
I have been working as an architectural designer for 16 years and throughout this time my main interest and the source of my greatest satisfaction has always been in working with clients designing their own homes, specifically for their needs and their lifestyles.
The greatest factors that influence the comfort and health of a home are its internal temperature, being sufficiently warm in winter and cool in summer, and air quality being neither too damp or stale, and these can be easily achieved not by expending large amounts of money on energy consuming mechanical systems, but by appropriate building design and construction.
Passive solar design – using the sun's free energy when we need it and excluding it when it is not required, using the thermal mass within the house to store the sun's heat, natural ventilation systems based on natural convection currents, and insulating effectively are all design techniques that will dramatically improve the quality of the living environment without spending any extra on materials, and will greatly reduce the costs of heating a home.
I am fully involved in all aspects of the design and documentation of each project which ensures that the finished home is fully in tune with the clients brief and that the design integrity is maintained right through to the fine details, producing a much more satisfactory result for the client.
My preference is to also be involved in an observational role throughout the construction of the project to ensure that the home is built correctly. This is especially important with energy efficient design as, while the industry is gaining in awareness, there is still a significant lack of understanding of the key principles. My involvement ensures that critical mistakes are avoided.
Energy Consultations for Existing Buildings
I offer an independent consultation service that takes a balanced look at the energy expenditure of your whole house. This takes the form of an inspection of the house plus a meeting with you to determine how you use the house or building, how much you can afford to spend and what you are looking at achieve.
Upgrading your home or building will cost money, but the benefits will be not just lower energy bills, but a substantially improved standard of living for you and your family. Done correctly we should be able to achieve a minimum 60% energy saving on your current usage for a standard residential dwelling.
Over 50% of our homes do not reach the minimum temperatures for health recommended by the World Health Organisation of 18°C during the winter, let alone the 20°C recommended for comfort, and this has the potential to have a tremendous impact on not only the health of our families but the community at large.
Please contact me for further information on how energy efficient architecture can improve your home and/or work environment.