At the Manser Practice we believe that buildings should be designed with durability high on the agenda. We are careful to highlight the savings that sustainable design can deliver over a buildings lifespan. In our experience cost-efficiency and sustainable design are by no means mutually exclusive. It is not a case of blindly following current regulation and standards, but of designing buildings that will improve our built environment and preserve our natural environment for the future.
From the outset, environmental factors inform our design solutions, helping to resolve the position, orientation, form and articulation of our architecture. We explore various construction methods and structural solutions for each project and aim to minimise the impact of every development on its surroundings.
We have developed many solutions, both passive and active, to control the internal environment of our buildings. From low-cost, naturally ventilated schemes, to complex mechanical and electrical systems incorporating heat pumps, biomass boilers and heat exchange units. During the detailed design stage, care is taken to specify timber from sustainable sources and to avoid the use of ozone depleting materials.