Global Architects uses an integral design approach right from the initiation phase, where all quality aspects are weighed; functionality, sustainability, durability, comfort, costs, health and saleability. An integral design approach is the basis for an energy-conscious design, which is aimed at a comfortable and healthy indoor climate with the lowest possible energy consumption. There are a lot of possibilities in the design, which can be quite important, such as thoughtful orientation, efficient use of daylight and the application of climate buffers. Additionally, the desired installation model is developed to match the energy ambitions of the client. The materials which are used must be carefully chosen and will be produced and transported in an energy-efficient way, without the emission of harmful substances. These measures lead to a more natural, comfortable and healthy indoor climate.
Due to the integral design approach, there will be a clear overview throughout the entire process concerning the different facets of the design process, through which well-considered choices can be made without it being more expensive than a conventional design.
In the initiation phase of the design, we set up the energy concept of the project together with you (the client). These requirements are drawn up in such a way that they can be tested during the entire design and construction process and upon completion.
The 8 steps are based on the sustainable building toolkit, which we use together with you to determine which energy concept best suits your project;
STEP 1: charting the (urban) structural preconditions, these determine the framework of the concept
STEP 2: energy ambitions, we determine the desired EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) together with you, as well as the quality aspects you find even more important
STEP 3: which energy saving techniques best suit the concept
STEP 4: flight paths
STEP 5: clarifying the concept
STEP 6: determining the housing costs
STEP 7: record in Statement of Requirements (SoR)
STEP 8: communicate and check
An important strategy in energy-conscious design is the three-step-strategy, or Trias Energetica:
1.1 Avoid unnecessary use of energy
1.2 Use renewable energy sources
1.3 Use the finite energy sources as efficiently as possible