We are certified Passivhaus designers and have recently gained approval for a local community centre which meets Passivhaus standards. The basic principles for Passivhaus take a fabric -first approach in conjunction with elimination of cold bridges producing an air tight envelope whilst creating excellent indoor air quality and comfort levels. These design fundamentals greatly reduce the energy consumption required for both residential and commercial buildings. Our design philosophy is to produce a cost effective and robust sustainable building design by using the core Passivhaus principles across all JPH Architects’ projects.
In practice we find that almost all small projects fall readily into four stages:
- Survey scheme design and planning application
- Detailed design with Building regulation application
- Tender exercise to obtain prices for the works
- Construction administration and construction services including inspections, evaluations and final account
Our experience ranges from small housing developments through to large commercial and industrial projects. The firm has recognised expertise in many sectors, including:
- Office Developments
- Nursing Homes and health care facilities
- Hotels, Commercial & Retail
- One-off residential housing
- Process Buildings
At JPH we focus on the importance of individual designs which are derived from the projects unique characteristics, which include the scale, mass and finish of the building being designed. High value is placed on working closely with the clients to meet their objectives.
Of equal importance is cost-effective design brought in on time and budget. All budgets are catered for and some of the practice’s more unique and satisfying designs have been smaller residential projects.
The success of JPH Architects Ltd has been founded on our philosophy and our commitment to providing our clients with designs which are practical, attractive and cost effective.
A Passivhaus combines high level comfort with very low energy consumption. The most important principle of a PassivHaus is insulation applied continuously around the building envelope without thermal bridging. This significantly reduces heat loss, especially during winter. Internal surfaces are almost the same as the indoor air temperature due to the high levels of insulation. This leads to a very comfortable indoor climate and avoids damage caused by the humidity of indoor air.
Code for Sustainable Homes
It is now mandatory for all new housing developments to meet the minimum of Code Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes throughout Wales. The Code is an environmental assessment tool introduced to ensure new homes achieve the new standards. The code also promotes the construction of high performance homes which are eco-friendly and sustainable. A dwelling constructed in line with the Code will have greatly reduced energy consumption.
Design and Build
In addition to the normal Architectural Design service JPH can now offer a ‘Design & Build’ service.
This includes the usual Architectural design service including obtaining planning permission and building regulation approval as necessary and appropriate.