What is Sustainable Housing? – 08 / 10

Sustainable housing is critical in terms of contemporary architecture and structure building. Indeed almost all large scale planning schemes now require certain criteria to be met in terms of sustainable housing design and production eco-regulations. No longer limited to larger proposals, private planning permission is continually evolving to incorporate new, valid environmental stipulations upon the design and building process. Sustainable housing is generally defined as the use of environmentally ethical processes and resources to create a structure (affecting everything from a garden office to modular holiday homes), citing the long-term effects on durability, functionality, economy and cosmetic value. The reduction of waste and pollution is a key element of sustainable housing legislation. That’s why we do all of our material organisation and quality checking off-site, enabling us to prepare and recycle more efficiently. The efficient use of resources like energy and water also plays a key role in sustainable building design and production. By working within certain energy efficiency parameters we can reduce damaging environmental effects. However it’s not all about the environment – occupant and employee health are just as valued. Providing a comfortable, safe, nurturing environment for people is essential to quality of life. After all, why else are we building these structures? Our team of experienced architects are accomplished in both private and commercial site design and planning permission negotiation.