Sustainable Building Practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort. At Hayes Higgins Partnership we ensure, from a very early stage, that a structure is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. Incorporating a sustainable design approach results in a much lower demand on both heating and ventilation systems, improving the sustainability of the design. This requires close cooperation of the design team, the architects, the engineers, and the client at all project stages.
Approaching a project, our Sustainability Engineers will present the client with a number of relevant sustainable energy options with realistic cost benefits. This will be part of an overall building services design that minimises energy usage through techniques such as daylight harvesting, rainwater harvesting, natural ventilation, high efficiency lighting, and time zoned heating. By doing this we ensure the ‘embodied energy’ of a building is reduced through careful selection of local materials where economically competitive and the promotion of low energy, efficient construction practices.
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