Our Sustainability Ethos
The principles of sustainability are embedded in the very bones of the houses we design. When faced with a new project one of the first things we do is an analysis of the site. This analysis informs the design as it enables us to fully consider how to make best use of natural light, solar gain and thermal mass. We strive to create homes that are highly efficient and low-carbon, with optimum insulation and airtightness, and with careful consideration given to the materials used for construction.
We look to use materials which are locally sourced, sustainable, durable and where appropriate, recycled to further reduce the environmental impact of our homes. We aim to ensure that the homes we design are future-proofed, with the ability to easily accommodate low-carbon technologies such as solar panels and heat pumps.
Ultimately, our goal is to design and build homes that are comfortable, beautiful and sustainable, with the intention that they should last for generations to come.
As a practice, we take great pride in our commitment to sustainability. We are proud supporters of both the Architects Declares and Heritage Declares movements. We have signed up to the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge, which centres around three key environmental sustainability goals for new or renovated buildings: reducing energy use, minimizing embodied carbon, and optimizing water use. Our overarching objective is to achieve net-zero whole-life carbon emissions, or even surpass this target, by the year 2030.
Traditional Design for a Sustainable Future
By using modern construction techniques such as modern insulation, air tightness, well performing glazing and sustainable materials, New Classical homes can reduce the amount of energy used for heating and cooling, create more comfortable indoor temperatures and reduce carbon emissions.
The principles of sustainability are also embedded in the very bones of the houses we design. Carefully designed and constructed Classical homes can withstand the test of time with minimal maintenance, which reduces the need for energy intensive repairs and renovations.
Incorporating all of these principles into the design and build of a new Georgian home can result in a classic style home that is both beautiful and sustainable. This ensures that the benefits of classic Georgian architecture can be enjoyed for many years to come.