Therefore we approach each project with a view to maximising the possibilities for environmentally-considered design, which is essentially just ‘good design’. This approach need not necessarily make designs more expensive, and in fact often saves them money in the longterm, but has the power to inspire, inform and make genuine improvements to our environment and quality of life.
This means we seek ways to limit any potentially negative environmental impact that our designs may have in terms of carbon emissions, pollution, resources, waste or ecology. But at the same time actively exploring opportunities for them to have a positive impact; through re-use, regeneration, using sustainable forms of energy and promoting community, wellbeing, sustainable travel, biodiversity, beauty and delight.
Whether designing at community scale, for a workplace or a home, we approach sustainable design in the same way:
Passivhaus is a tried and tested design principle based on the core ethos of achieving a healthy, comfortable and stable environment for end users driven through the control of air quality.
The concept focuses on reducing the requirement of energy use in the first instance, rather than the generation of a higher energy demand through renewables. It is a robust and effective way to achieve the challenge of carbon reduction for the built environment sector.
Passivhaus is an exacting quality assurance process giving the client confidence in the built performance from an early stage. The closely monitored design and build process ensures reduced heat loss through the building fabric, resulting in greatly reduced space heating demand throughout the year.
Stride Treglown have in-house Certified European Passivhaus Consultants/Designers providing expertise in designing to Passivhaus standards. The service provides guidance, advise and assessment for all types of buildings for both principle and certification standard.
Stride Treglown has a dedicated team of assessors who are trained and licenced to undertake and provide advice regarding a large range of sustainability assessments and evaluations. Early advice and input by our assessors contributes to the delivery of cost effective and deliverable sustainable solutions.
Assessment and evaluation services we provide include:
- BREEAM Assessments*
– New Construction
– Non-Domestic Refurbishment
– Domestic Refurbishment
- Code for Sustainable Homes
- DREAM Assessments*
- Ska Rating – for fit outs and refurbishment projects
- Post Occupancy Evaluation
Whilst it is no longer possible to register new projects under Code for Sustainable Homes, we continue to offer our services to complete legacy assessments where a registration has already been secured. We expect to offer Home Quality Mark (HQM) assessments from Spring/Summer 2016.
* Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method * Defence Related Environmental Assessment Method
Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP) Assessment
Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) and EPC, Residential
Thermal Bridging Analysis
Post occupancy evaluation
Sustainable Assessment Projects
Civic, Community and Culture
Hotels and Leisure
Office and Workplace
Other Sustainability Services
Our Sustainability Consultants also provide a range of other specialist services, which include:
- BREEAM Accredited Professional – providing detailed direct advice to our clients to assist the achievement of BREEAM ratings
- Sustainability Advocate – representing client sustainability interests as part of a design or project team
- Expert Witness – providing expert advice, guidance and opinion
- Travel Plans
- Sustainable Travel Strategy Advice
- Energy Benchmarking