Hoch Bau's approach to sustainable design;
We realise that projects require varying levels of sustainability and we work collaboratively with our clients and consultants to determine which features present the greatest value for money for each building. We promote sustainability in both our Practice and our buildings from the first conceptual sketches through to the completion of a project. This allows us to seamlessly integrate environmentally-conscious features and also to make fundamental decisions regarding sustainability early in the design process which saves both time and money.
We create inspiring and beautiful buildings of elegant simplicity, which are:
design based on simple and fundamental principles that make the architecture to do all the hard work in saving energy and reducing environmental impact
sustainability integrated into design rather than as added eco-cliches
We achieve dramatic reductions in energy consumption and carbon emissions by optimising the building shape, section and orientation to maximise the comfort, delight and benefit of daylight, solar gain and natural ventilation, whilst avoiding overheating. This is underpinned by high levels of insulation, high performance windows, excellent airtightness, elimination of thermal bridging, and carefully integrated services with simple intuitive controls.
At early design stages we are able to provide full sustainable modelling and building thermal analysis service. With BIM, we can model various criteria, such as solar, thermal, shading, lighting and airflow, to determine how they will affect building performance. A building’s total energy use and associated carbon footprint can be determined and reduced.
We minimise wider environmental impact and create healthy internal environments, by using natural materials, with low embodied energy, that are renewable, recycled, and manufactured in non-polluting processes, such as UK grown timber, recycled newspaper insulation, organic paints and stains, cork, rubber and linoleum.
By integrating sustainability and avoiding unnecessary complexity in design and detailing, we create uplifting and beautiful sustainable buildings, that are practical, robust and affordable.