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How we build

Each home, school, university, care home or office building is unique and poses its specific problems and solutions to reduce carbon emission, improve energy efficiency and ultimately achieve greater energy security.

Energy preservation is a key element of Passivhaus and EnerPHit homes and buildings which embody our passion for our buildings to be exemplars in energy efficiency and to set precedents in sustainability and wellbeing.

Design Development

If you are planning to build a new low energy building, it makes sense that you discuss the project with our team at the earliest opportunity.

Appraisal

When working for Clients, we will be presented with an initial brief, we then work together to ensure that their requirements are attainable and within budget.

Our initial feasibility study is prepared to assist our client to gain a greater understanding of the opportunities presented by the project; we also at this stage provide a rough budget for the works.

Land Search

We have also after discussing a Clients requirements, actively sourced a plot of land with outline planning permission, which our client subsequently purchased in their preferred location – we then redesigned from traditional to a fully certifiable Passivhaus standard.

Briefing

Our client will prepare a brief which identifies their key requirements, constraints and also a probable wish list. Within our team we have quantity surveyors, mechanical and electrical engineers, Passivhaus designers, cold bridging and thermal specialist, there is usually no need to employ outside consultants for these works.

Outline Proposal

We work with our clients and designers to produce a design, which all parties are happy with; we also at this stage update the budget.

At this stage we also start to talk to relevant authorities and introduce ourselves to the neighbors, we listen to their points of view and where possible seek to integrate their requests. This has also proved most useful when submitting planning applications.

Detailed Proposals

We further develop the initial design, obtain tree surveys, etc. and the full planning
application is prepared and submitted. We are at this stage also discussing with specialist suppliers and sub-contractors the plans, specifications and programmes.

Final Proposals and Building Control

We further develop the scheme and designs, ensuring full compliance with Building Control for approval under the statutory Building Regulations.