From the very beginning we guide our clients through the complex maze of alternative choices with regard to sustainability, ensuring value and lower running costs. Without compromising architectural integrity.
At Hyde + Hyde each project is assessed on an individual basis to determine the most appropriate sustainable strategies. Passive strategies are first considered before suggesting technological solutions.
If you are interested in learning more, general information and links relating to sustainable design and current government legislation can be found below:
Sustainability and climate change at the Royal Institute of British Architects
Code for Sustainable Homes
The Code is an environmental impact rating system for the sustainable design and construction of new homes, and aims to reduce our carbon emissions and sets new standards for energy efficiency.
At Hyde + Hyde we now design residential projects to at least a minimum standard of Code level 4. Further information can be found here.
EPCs (Energy Performance Certificates)
Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) are being introduced to help improve the energy efficiency of buildings.
The certificate provides ‘A’ to ‘G’ ratings for the building, with ‘A’ being the most energy efficient and ‘G’ being the least, with the average up to now being ‘D’.
Accredited energy assessors produce EPCs alongside an associated report which suggests improvements to make a building more energy efficient. Further information can be found here.
BREEAM: BRE Environmental Assessment Method
BREEAM is the world’s most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings. BREEAM assesses buildings against a set criteria and provides an overall score which will fall within a band providing either a; Pass, Good Very Good, Excellent or Outstanding rating. Further information can be found here.