The Town and Country ‘Good Practice Guidance: Sustainable Design and Construction‘ leaflet produced by the TCPA dated August 2012 has featured Gale & Snowden Architects’ designs for Upton in Nottingham.
‘Upon, an examplar development with houses built to high levels of sustainability. The buildings pictured were designed by Gale & Snowden Architects Ltd., who also acted as ecological design consultants for the site’.
The guide is intended to offer good practice guidance at a national level to Clients and the Construction Industry on Sustainable Design and Construction.
The Upton project was a development Gale & Snowden designed several years ago, however due to not being involved in the detailed design or the on-site works, we do not know how sustainable the buildings were actually built or what performance standards have been met.
There is a growing awareness that many developments that are designed to meet low energy and/or ecological standards often do not meet the standards due to commercial pressures and a lack of joined up thinking during the construction process – see ‘Delivering a low-energy building: Making quality commonplace‘ October 2012 by Bruce Totfield.
Gale & Snowden advocate the Passivhaus Standard for low energy buildings because it provides a design methodology that requires a quality team approach to construction.