Modece Architects design principles

Sustainability in architecture is all about:

  • healthy buildings which are free from toxic emissions

  • airtight buildings which keep unwanted draughts out

  • superinsulation which keeps the building warm

  • breathable construction using natural materials which allows moisture to pass through the building fabric

  • solar shading using louvres and plants to reduce summer overheating

  • minimising water use by fitting low water demand appliances and taps

  • sourcing materials locally wherever possible

  • natural and renewable energy like wood for heating, and wind and sun for electricity generation

  • rainwater capture for use in the building (washing machines and wcs) and to irrigate gardens

  • reed beds to treat sewage on site

  • re-using buildings wherever possible to avoid waste

  • designing buildings so that they are easy to deconstruct using minimal energy and creating as little waste as possible

Clayhill Farm active systems and materials exploded diagram

Clayhill Farm active systems and materials exploded diagram