Here at AJB Design & Build we are committed to using building techniques that will help build a more sustainable future.
Sustainable building is about designing and building a built environment that works in harmony with the natural world around us.
The Government’s 2006 announcement that all new homes would be ‘zero carbon’ by 2016 was followed by the introduction of the Code for Sustainable Homes. This has led to an increased awareness within the industry that there is a need to design and build more sustainable buildings.
New builds are a great opportunity to produce highly sustainable buildings, by using both modern and traditional building techniques coupled with environmentally friendly materials, we can reach the ambitious goal of being ‘zero carbon’ by 2016.
It is also important to remember that existing buildings can be improved using sustainable methods which can help reduce energy consumption, lower carbon foot prints and improve our way of living.
“Globally, the built environment accounts for 40 – 50% of the natural resource use, 20% of water use,
30-40% of energy use and around a third of CO2 emissions.” (UK Green Building Council)
The code for sustainable homes
The code for sustainable homes is the national standard for the sustainable design and construction of new homes. It aims to reduce carbon emissions and promote higher standards of sustainable design above the current minimum standards set out by the building regulations.
Passive building design
One of the easiest ways of improving a buildings sustainability is by using passive building design. This uses the passive energy created by the sun to help heat and light buildings, and also considers how the building will function in summer months and ways to reduce overheating. All this can be achieved by using orientation, glazing techniques and shading methods.
If passive building design is incorporated in the correct way it can help reduce the need for artificial lighting and heating, which will result in lower energy consumptions, which in turn will help reduce the carbon footprint of the building.
AJB Design & Build have already successfully incorporated this technique into building designs and the outcome has been a great success, to find out more about our design services please visit our ‘Building Design’ page.