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• Minimising the use of fossil-based energy in terms of the energy embodied in the materials, transport and construction process and the energy used during the lifetime of the building.

• Making best use of recycled materials and renewable materials from a verifiable source.

• Avoiding all ozone depleting chemicals in terms of manufacture and system operation including HCFCs.

• Where possible using alternatives to materials containing volatile organic compounds.

• Designing to make maximum use of natural light whilst also being aware of its limitations.

• Exploiting the potential for natural ventilation in the context of an overall climate control strategy which minimises energy use and maximises comfort.

• Making best use of passive solar energy whilst employing heating/cooling systems which are fine-tuned to the needs of the occupants with air conditioning used only in exceptional circumstances.

• Ensuring that building management systems are user-friendly and not overcomplex.

• Identifying opportunities to generate on-site renewable electricity (embedded systems).

• Identifying the potential for exploiting the constant ground temperature for evening out the peaks and troughs of summer and winter temperature.

• Minimising the use of water; harvesting rainwater and grey water and purifying for use other than human consumption.

• Minimising rainwater runoff by limiting the extent of hard external landscape.

• Creating an external environmental which is both a visual amenity and also offers environmental benefits such as summer shading from deciduous trees and evaporative cooling from water features.

• Whilst taking account of these key indicators, ensuring that designs meet the highest standards of technical proficiency in combination with aesthetic excellence.

Solar Panel Basics

Solar Panel Basics

Global warming is a huge problem which will significantly affect every country in the world. Many people all over the world are trying to do whatever they can to help combat the effects of global warming. One of the ways that people can fight global warming is to reduce their dependence on non-renewable energy sources like oil and petroleum based products.

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