If you are looking to make your home more sustainable, working with an architect is the perfect way to do it. Architects have the knowledge and expertise to create homes that are not only stylish and comfortable, but also environmentally friendly.
In this blog post, we will take a look at some of the ways that architects can make your home more sustainable. We will also explore some of the passive sustainability strategies that architects use to increase a home’s sustainability credentials.
Incorporating passive sustainability strategies
One way that architects make homes more sustainable is by incorporating passive sustainability strategies into the design of the property. Passive sustainability strategies are those that do not require any active input from the homeowner in order to be effective.
One example of a passive sustainability strategy that architects often integrate into home designs is solar shading. Solar shading is a technique that involves positioning windows and other openings in such a way as to minimize the amount of direct sunlight that enters the home. This can help to reduce the amount of energy required to cool the home during hot weather, as well as reducing glare and heat build-up inside the house.
Integrating natural ventilation strategies
Another way that architects make homes more sustainable is by designing for natural ventilation. Natural ventilation is a process whereby fresh air is brought into the home and stale air is expelled, without the use of mechanical systems such as fans or air conditioners.
This can be achieved through the use of features such as windows, vents, and skylights. By designing for natural ventilation, architects can help to reduce a home’s reliance on energy-intensive mechanical systems.
Optimising the insulation of the home
Another key way that architects can make your home more sustainable is by ensuring that it is properly insulated. A well-insulated home will stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, which means that you won’t have to rely as much on your heating and cooling system. This, in turn, will save you money on your energy bills.
Harnessing solar design principles
Another method is incorporating passive solar design principles into the home’s design. Passive solar design is all about making the most of the sun’s natural heat and light and using the sun’s energy to heat and cool your home.
By orienting your home in a certain way, and using materials that absorb and store heat, using shading devices to control the amount of sunlight that enters the house, and using thermal mass materials to store the sun’s heat, you can significantly reduce your reliance on artificial lighting and heating.
Sourcing sustainable materials
Finally, architects can also help you to make your home more sustainable by choosing eco-friendly materials for the construction of your extension or renovation. Using recycled materials, sustainably sourced timber, and low-VOC paints and finishes will all contribute to a more sustainable home.
Why working with an architect pays off
If you are looking to make your sustainability credentials go further, consider working with an architect on your next renovation or extension project. Get in touch to learn more about how we can help you make your home more sustainable. Check out our other blog posts on sustainability and eco homes on our blog.