© 2011 Clifford Clark Architects Ltd. E & OE. All rights reserved.
Registered in England and Wales Number 5635198. Registered office 197 Topsham Road, Exeter Ex2 6HD. Director C J Clark
R I B A
We believe in the relevance of hand crafted buildings. To us they bring a sense of humanity and individualism that is lacking in much contemporary architecture. The Arts and Crafts Movement continues to provide inspiration, and it is encouraging to witness the current revival of some of our traditional crafts.
We are familiar with many traditional construction techniques, and have worked with cob, stone and brick wall construction as well as slate, tiled and thatched roof systems. Traditional materials are often used in conjunction with modern building techniques in the interests of energy conservation and durability.
The imperatives of the building code are forcing rapid progress in the energy efficiency of all buildings. The drive toward creating carbon-neutral buildings is entirely consistent with our beliefs in conservation, and we incorporate the following technical solutions to achieve maximum energy efficiency in our designs:
- High levels of insulation to floor, walls and roof.
- Energy efficient primary heat sources, including
ground and air source heat pumps, solar panels and wind turbines
- Air tightness to avoid heat loss through draughts.
- Direct solar gain through designs of windows and
- Heat recovery systems.