Sustainability isn’t just about bolt-on eco elements, eco bling, it is about a holistic sustainable approach. Team SJA is specially trained in sustainable construction. Given that most of the projects on which we advise involve period homes we have a unique understanding of how to employ sustainable methods to create more eco-friendly period homes.
More than adding space
If you’re thinking of undertaking a home renovation and extension project, the process can be daunting but for the brave there are plenty of sustainable opportunities.
- Enhance the value of a home and its neighbourhood
- Improve your day-to-day environment
- Reduce your energy bills
- Live more sustainably
London’s housing stock is some of the oldest in the world. 50% of the housing stock is more than 50 years old (Ref; Breeam). This old stock brings with it high utility bills and maintenance costs. Draughts, damp and poor insulation impact negatively on our health. Further to this a Government initiative is under way looking at linking the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of your home to your council tax (Ref; Telegraph).
When a property is being renovated or extended, it is the perfect time to consider what wider opportunities there are for improving the sustainable performance; economically, socially and environmentally. Including ways to improve the; energy, water, daylight and ventilation efficiencies.
It is also important to consider how the construction side of the project is managed. Build projects can create a strain on local highways and local services. Attention to good construction management principles will ensure that the project runs effectively and lowers the impact on your neighbours and the wider environment. It can also help to reduce the maintenance burden on local councils.
By including all the sustainable concepts available in the renovation and extension of your home you will achieve lower running costs and a healthier internal and external environment. Sustainability is an opportunity to improve the way you, your family and your neighbours live. For further information please review the Breeam guide referenced above and look out for our next installment.
Embrace sustainability and make the most of the opportunity that renovation can bring!
At SJA we are passionate about the sustainable solutions and we’d be delighted to talk further with you on this or on any specific aspect of your project.
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