We believe that sustainable design begins at the initial concept stage of a new building. Careful orientation, well-designed plan layout, selective use of glazing, and solar shading are all fundamental in designing a genuinely sustainable building.
Building on the initial concept, CPMG then selects and specifies materials with sound environmental credentials. Recycled or recyclable, locally-sourced and materials with low embodied energy are just some of the criteria we look for. We then work closely with consultants to provide renewable energy sources and zero-carbon methods of heating, cooling and lighting as required.
Throughout the design process, specialist technical and environmental staff review the project at each stage, working against an environmental checklist to keep sustainability at the forefront of the design.
As a practice, we’ve attained ISO 14001 Environmental Management System accreditation and have a dedicated environmental group promoting awareness of environmental issues, driving sustainable change, and keeping on top of developments in the theory and practice of green design.
We’re committed to recruiting staff with specialist environmental qualifications and experience. We regularly hold seminars on green topics to make sure our staff are always well informed about the latest environmental issues and initiatives.
Code for Sustainable Homes
CPMG have an in-house CSH assessor whose role is to evaluate new build dwellings against a range of criteria to obtain a Code for Sustainable Homes rating and report The Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) is mandatory for all new housing developments and is driving improvement in building practice by providing a comprehensive measure of housing sustainability. The Code for Sustainable Homes limits the environmental impact of new build dwellings, by ensuring real improvements in key areas such as carbon dioxide emissions, waste, water usage and environmental impact.
CPMG is designing one of the first PassivHaus office projects in the UK. The term ‘PassivHaus’ refers to a specific construction standard for buildings which have excellent comfort conditions in both winter and summer. These principles can be applied not only to the residential sector but also to commercial, industrial and public buildings. PassivHaus buildings combine high levels of insulation, triple glazing and tight control of ventilation rates to achieve excellent comfort for occupants and very low energy costs.PassivHaus Building will achieve an A rated EPC certificate typically saving 90% of energy costs compared to existing buildings.