Sustainable designOne

• 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.

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