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Sustainable architecture is an important piece of the topic of sustainable development, a leading concern in present day planning and design. Sustainable development strives to meet the needs and conditions of life while not compromising the needs and resources of life in the future. Sustainable architecture is an important component in this model of thinking, which works to meet the same overall goal of smarter building and development. Many architects and planners are employing this mindset, and the number of new sustainable architectural projects is growing every day.
We our proud of our beautiful corner of the county and are advocates in the development of sustainable projects that not only contribute to our local environment but help support environmental efforts on a wider scale. Many of our clients have chosen Norfolk as a home, as a lifestyle choice and the benefits of ecological friendly buildings and in particular the Passivhaus model, has increased wellbeing effects for occupants – The feel good green effect, is so much more than just thinking you are doing your bit for the planet, your physical health will reap the rewards too!
Passivhaus construction is a methodology which significantly reduces energy requirements and increases comfort in a building through high levels of insulation, reduced thermal bridging, low air leakage and constant fresh air provided mechanically through a heat exchanger.
The AECB Building Standard is aimed at those wishing to create high-performance buildings using widely available technology at little or no extra cost. We estimate that this low-risk option will reduce overall CO2 emissions by 70% compared to the UK average for buildings of each type. Individual self-builders and large-scale residential and non-residential developers could make a valuable contribution to low-carbon building by meeting the AECB Building Standard.