Our environmental policy includes the specification of materials from sustainable sources wherever possible. Consideration is also given to embodied energy in use.
A low maintenance strategy is given high priority, with naturally resistant materials being carefully chosen for use externally to avoid the need for preservation, paint or other coated finishes.
Jonathan Potter has particular interest in low-energy design and has been registered as an Approved Certifier of Design (Section 6 - Energy) for Domestic Buildings by the Scottish Building Standards Agency.
Current projects include the following sustainable features:
- Vapour permeable "breathing wall" construction
- Cellulose (recycled newspaper) insulation
- Whole building positive pressure ventilation to improve indoor air quality
- Solar water heating
- Passive solar strategies, making best use of solar gain and minimizing heat loss
- Rainwater harvesting
- Combined Heat & Power (CHP)
- Certified Passive House solution
Andrew Clark and Jonathan Potter are qualified EcoHomes Assessors and can provide assessments and environmental ratings of residential developments. Find out more about EcoHomes at the Building Research Establishment website.