At unit3 we believe in designing great architecture for our clients that not only looks fantastic, but is also functional and efficient with an inherent sustainable mantra.
Eco design is not just a matter of ‘bolting-on’ new technologies and equipment, it is thinking about the project holistically and incorporating sustainable elements throughout the architecture of the building.
Eco homes are also not just about saving the environment, a well planned design can also save you money over the life time of the building – and may even generate income to offset your energy bills. We can help you work out the initial outlay costs and predicted savings for your design as well as assisting in clients taking advantage of the governments Green Deal and Feed-in tariffs.
Our architects work closely with clients to explore a whole spectrum of environmental factors and considerations from the outset, including:
- Solar gain
- Natural day lighting
- Ventilation & Window design
- Water efficiency
- Construction materials – recycled, organic and man-made
- Thermal mass
- Construction techniques
- Maintaining the building easily and effectively
- Carbon offsetting
- Air tightness
As a company, we have also gained a Blue Carbon Smart Certification which recognises the practical actions and decisions that our organisation has taken to reduce its carbon footprint and impact on the environment.
We have experience and understanding of how new eco-technologies and standards can be incorporated into a building design and have previously implemented:
- Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Panels
- Solar Water Heating Panels
- Ground Source Heat Pumps / Geothermal
- Air Source Heat Pumps
- Biomass Boilers
- Sedum (Green) Roofs
- Rainwater harvesting
- Building Management Systems (BMS)
- Energy Efficient Fittings and Appliances
- Passivhaus Standards
- Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) Standards
- Building Regulations – Part L (U-values / iSBEM)
We have also worked on numerous designs which have undergone BREEAM Assessments – achieving ‘Outstanding’ ratings on many schemes (www.breeam.org).
If you have a project that requires a high level of sustainability, fancy implementing a new technology or are looking to gain accreditation in Passivhaus, BREEAM or CHS standards, we are able to help assist, design and consult on any type of project at any stage of its development.
Alternatively, if you have a question on eco architecture, renewable technologies or sustainable design, send us an email at: