Is sustainable building construction more expensive?
Yes and no.
What is Passivhaus?
Passivhaus has been developed by the Passivhaus Institute in Germany. It takes all the principles of sustainable design and using a points system allows the owner to certify their home through an exacting quality assurance process.
What is sustainable design?
Sustainable design concerns the materials we use, how they are sourced and how the building is put together. The five key areas are:
What does Evergreen Building Design do for you?
We help you design new buildings or refurbish existing ones. We follow the RIBA Stages of Work from defining the brief to completing construction of the building. We can also help with feasibility studies, to see if a project is worth your time undertaking.
We work using 3D software to help you visualise your project, which makes it much easier to understand the project than 2D floor plans.
Will I need Planning Approval?
Some projects can be undertaken without Planning Permission and these fall under Permitted Development Rights. The Planning Portal is a good place to start to get an idea of whether your project might fit the criteria.
The AECB Standard as an easier alternative to Passivhaus
The Association for Environment Conscious Building (AECB) uses the same assessment methodology as Passivhaus, but sets slightly less demanding environmental targets. It is still no slouch and a massive improvement from the basic Building Regulations.