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ARCHITECTURE 

Low-Energy Buildings

Are you interested in building a green home or renovating and extending your current home in an environmentally friendly way? 

An 'eco-home' can be built nowadays to similar costs as a traditional one. Factor in the future energy savings and the eco-home is far more economical to build.

In addition to award-winning eco homes, we also design environmentally friendly commercial & industrial buildings.

We are based in the Northern Ireland countryside and the travel distance to your site is not a problem. We can design buildings for wherever you are.

Find out more here.

Green Design

Some of the most serious challenges facing our planet and the human race, such as climate change, pollution and the waste of precious resources can be addressed by changing our thinking on how we construct and operate our buildings.

Design for Sustainability 

A house designed to meet the actual needs of a modern family can be designed more economically than many people think possible and the money saved can be put to better use in building a house with character and beauty which is more energy efficient and uses less raw materials in its construction. We can design your home to achieve the highest performance ratings.

Design for Beauty

A beautiful building is going to be more eco-friendly in the long term, since it will be more likely that future owners will want to preserve it and - maybe sometime in the distant future will eventually re-model it instead of resorting to demolition.

 

new energy efficient farmhouse

Healthy Buildings         

 

Your home (or office, shop or industrial building, etc) should be made as healthy as possible by using people-friendly materials & products and construction methods. Some modern materials which contribute to improving the performance or appearance of an environmentally friendly building can unfortunately also be regarded as posing a risk to your long-term health.

We specify materials and processes which help to avoid health problems, both for the occupants or users and the builders and tradespeople working on the building.

Reduce Energy Costs - 5 Tips:
  1. Reducing energy use and preventing heat loss should always come before you consider installing alternative energy sources
  2. Be very wary of the 'bolt-it-on' approach to renewables. Get an independent survey carried out before buying costly renewable energy technology
  3. Professional technical design advice at the start will save you time and money
  4. Remember that producing CO2 costs you money
  5. Good advice will specify exactly what work is needed and what it will cost; and should not follow trends blindly or encourage you to buy new technology without first balancing the environmental benefits with life-cycle costs

Our thermal imaging surveys help to identify weak spots in a building's thermal insulation.

Energy Ratings

In the UK, every home which has been on the market should have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) which rates the home for energy efficiency. Energy Performance Certificate Ratings run from A (very efficient) to G (very inefficient). The average rating in the UK at the moment is D. Generally, the newer the home, the higher rating you should expect it to have.

In Ireland, a Building Energy Rating or BER is similar, with a scale of A to G. The BER certificate is compulsory for all homes being sold or offered for rent. If you are buying or about to rent a house or apartment you should insist upon getting a BER.

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