Building a piece of eco-architecture from the ground up is one of the many benefits of tackling a new home from scratch. At Scenario, we build all our new homes using eco-friendly construction practices, sustainable materials, eco-design and environmentally friendly technology for living a clean, low-carbon life.
But if you’re hiring an architect for a renovation or expansion of your existing home, we can seamlessly incorporate the latest sustainable technology to deliver an eco-house. All it takes is some creative thinking, good collaboration and a willingness to be open-minded. Fine-tuning an eco-house design with innovative materials and renewable energy can net immediate benefits, ranging from improved thermal wellbeing to reduced carbon footprint.
If you are one of millions of British homeowners eager to join the global shift towards sustainability, future-proofing your home is a wise move that will prove rewarding in the long term.
Your Eco Home project
Starting your Eco Home project
We launched Scenario Architecture in 2007 with a vision to design functional, liveable spaces that look to the future while respecting the past. Our architects take a creative, considered approach to British architecture, incorporating eco-friendly materials and technology into our designs.
Our landmark project Scenario House demonstrates our commitment to smart, resourceful details that contribute to the environmental whole. In 2018 the light-filled East London Victorian conversion was shortlisted for several architecture prizes, including the prestigious RIBA London Awards.
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AdviceWe have created guides for homeowners to provide additional advice and help with your project. The following eBooks are currently available for you to download:
1. Planning in London and the home counties - A guide for homeowners
2. Self build - A guide to building your own new build home
Your Eco Home project >> Scenario Architecture
Working with Scenario Architecture on your Eco Home project
Our dynamic studio designs modern, efficient homes in London and the southeast. We tackle projects of every scale and complexity, from interior renovations and single-storey extensions to lofts, basements and new-build eco-houses.
We collaborate closely with our clients from the initial concept through detail designs, planning, tender and construction and aim to complete all our projects on time and to budget, using the latest 3D design and visualisation technology is essential to our process. Our fluency with these home-building tools allows us to design precisely and sustainably. Building information modelling technology (BIM) saves time, energy and money, producing reliable construction information that renders accurate data on all our models.
This Chartered Institute of Building case study featuring one of our flagship projects demonstrates the benefits of advanced technology for modern house design.
Scenario is a RIBA Chartered Practice. We comply with the criteria of the Royal Institute of British Architects, covering insurance, health and safety and quality-management systems.
Your Eco Home Project >> Further Reading
As a society, we’ve never had better tools for living a sustainable life, and architecture is no exception to the current movement. As architects, whether we’re updating an old home or building anew, we have access to cutting-edge materials and techniques that reduce energy consumption and help our clients live a cleaner, less wasteful life. From solar panels to triple glazing, from renewable heating to reclaimed wood, our options have never been more plentiful.
With that in mind, we at Scenario have collaborated with a team of sustainability experts to create optional “tiers” for our clients on the ladder to total sustainability. Our offerings start with basic compliance with local environmental regulations and progress to top-of-the-line diamond certification. Each package improves on the last in terms of the tangible benefits. They offer sound-proofing, temperature control, renewable utilities and reduced overall carbon footprint. The higher the tier, the more you save on energy consumption and running costs into the future – and the quicker the return on your investment.
We’ve costed out these options and come to the figure of £2,000 to £3,000 per square metre for building a new home in or around London. This may sound like a wide range in costs, but establishing just a few basic details about a project can help narrow the gap. Refining these initial estimates requires working out our construction methods, the structural approach, the quality of your fixtures and fittings, the level of sustainability you want and, importantly, the addition of a basement level – digging a full basement normally costs between £3,000 and £3,500 per square metre, before we introduce any sustainability measures.
A highly sustainable house will pay off in the long run, though it will demand a greater capital investment initially. Even with the growing availability of cost-effective measures, we’d budget between £2,500 and £3,000 per square metre, above ground, for a sustainable house. In order to finance your eco-architecture, we suggest you consider a self-build mortgage from an ecology building society.
In our client's words
- Scenario based design – We start each and every project with a meticulous analysis of our client’s vision, requirements and aspirations. We do this by asking our clients to imagine their everyday scenarios living in the completed house and describe their desired interaction with it.
- Uniquely interactive - Our client’s deep involvement in the process does not stop with completion of the brief. Our design meetings are highly interactive, informal and fun.
- Designed to reflect you – Based purely on your lifestyle, aspirations and requirements and free from externally imposed concepts, metaphors and pre-conceptions, a completely fresh and unique design will gradually emerge and it will tell your story not ours.