Ecological building can enhance your sense of belonging to the local and wider environment, increase your ability to make environmentally aware, ethical decisions... and at the same time, it can reduce your carbon footprint.

Integral to this Ecological design approach is careful consideration of the site and brief, orientation for passive solar gains, and specification of non toxic, low embodied energy materials.

Passive solar buildings are carefully orientated and designed to capture, store and retain the free heat of the sun. They employ high levels of insulation and are carefully designed to minimize heat loss. Maximising the benefits of those heat gains means the buildings require zero or minimal fossil-fuel input.

Non toxic materials: Understanding the qualities of different materials, in particular timber- means we can specify from a variety of species for the particular application and reduce the need for chemical preservatives. Combined with other natural and robust  materials the overall effect can be healthy and satisfying.

Low embodied energy materials are those which require minimal energy to produce and to source. At best they are from the local region- requiring minimal transportation. In  Scotland we can confidently source a range of 'home grown' timbers, suitable for internal and external applications; panel materials such as OSB and the building papers we use to protect walls and roof. Natural insulation materials such as sheep's wool and cellulose fibre we can source from elsewhere in the UK. Choosing low embodied energy materials not only  reduce your carbon footprint, but they positively affect the local economy



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Wester Alves Farmhouse, Alves, Moray, IV30 8XD