Interested in Sustainable Design?
EKJN Architects LLP, Project Managers and Principal Designers. Bryerton House, 129 High Street, Linlithgow, EH49 7EJ. Tel: 01506 847151

At EKJN we take our responsibility to the environment very seriously. By constructing sustainable buildings we ensure your needs are met and quality of life improved, but without compromising the quality of life for future generations.

In practicality ‘eco’ design principles spread much wider than sticking a few solar panels or a wind turbine on your roof. This technology has a place of course, and we have successfully designed a number of solar and wind systems for clients in recent years. If you feel this is a step too far there are a whole host of other approaches that can save energy (and money) and preserve natural resources without you even realising it. It's your choice how far to take it. It could be something as simple as adding extra insulation to the walls and roof during construction, making sure your garden room is adequately shaded from the summer sun, or sourcing the timber floors from a local sawmill. If you want to invest in green technology we can help with that too; rainwater harvesting, solar arrays, heat recovery systems, ground source heat pumps and grass roofs are just some of the techniques we have used for past clients.

Read EKJN’s Sustainable Design Manifesto

Some examples we have been working on recently:

Lafferty House, Westfield.
A major refit of a detached house which will include underfloor heating in multiple zones, a log stove with back boiler connected to a 300L thermal store and a whole house heat recovery ventilation system.

Maternaghan house, Westfield.
New-build house with log stove, ground-source heat pump (horizontal trench), thermal store and whole-house heat recovery system, as well as passive design principles of super-insulation, high thermal mass, airtightness, high-performance windows, and a layout that maximises the site's south-facing aspect.

Castlebank Horticultural Centre (Phase 2), Lanark.
Conversion and extension of a listed sawmill building to create a horticultural training centre which includes 3.5KW photovoltaic array, solar thermal hot water, rainwater recycling and an air-to-air heat pump system. The heating includes a fast warm-up routine, absence detectors and multiple zone programmer controls to reduce wasted energy use. Low energy lights, high performance windows, reclaimed/recycled and locally-sourced materials, and high standards of insulation/airtightness complete the low carbon package.

Stewart House, Linlithgow.
A refurbishment and extension of this 1930's house included the addition of external wall insulation, high performance windows, and a large photovoltaic array on the south-facing roof slope.

Beecraigs eco centre.
This new building will be an education and visitor centre for Beecraigs Country park in West Lothian. The building will show case all sorts of sustainable design ideas, from very simple, passive principles to the latest in eco technology.

Click to see the full green credentials of the proposed building.

Click here to see the planning submission drawings

CSJ Headquarters – Wind turbines, Solar powered ventilation system, and rainwater collection systems

St Nicholas Primary School - Natural Ventilation, Solar control glass, passive solar design principles, high levels of insulation, locally sourced materials

Signorini House, Linlithgow – Solar panels to provide hot water

Frater House, Falkirk - Biofuel boiler, thermal storage tank and underfloor heating

Dalgety bay dental surgery – Heat recovery ventilation system, under floor heating, sun tubes to bring natural light to the internal spaces.

Shieldaig Bar and restaurant – Recycled school lab benches for the bar, recycled copper sheeting, local stone paving, heat-recovery ventilation system.

Buckley House, Linlithgow - Solar panels to provide hot water

 

Useful Links for further reading

The Carbon Trust

The Centre for Alternative Technology

Sustainable Drainage systems (SUDS)

UK Rainwater Harvesting Association

Energy Saving Trust

Sustainable Development Commission

Green Tourism Business Scheme

Scottish Environmental Protection Agency

A guide to rural energy solutions

The Low Carbon Buildings Programme