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Environmentally
responsible construction

Eco design principles

  • Make efficient use of water within the building.
  • Reuse aggregate from old buildings that have been knocked down.
  • Use recycled materials or natural/sustainable materials from
    the local area.
  • Consider incorporating photovoltaic solar cells to generate electricity if it is feasible at the site.
  • Use light scoops or solar tubes to make maximum use of natural light in the building.
  • Only install the most energy efficient appliances.
  • Use solar panels for water heating.
  • Consider more sustainable heating options e.g. combined heat and power systems, biomass heaters or geothermal boilers.
  • Decorate the building with materials that do less harm to the environment e.g. use water-based adhesives and paints.

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