Sustainable buildings

When it comes to buildings, there are two main types. Those which have been designed to be sustainable, and those which have not. Developing a sustainable structure is not always an easy task, but it is something that everyone should aspire to do. But how do we design a sustainable building, and what even is one?

What is a sustainable retail building?

Sustainable Buildings (also known as green construction or green buildings) refer to both the structure/materials of the building but also any materials which are used throughout a building's life-cycle: from planning to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition.

How do we design a sustainable retail building?

To design a sustainable building, there are certain things which you can do and strategies which can be employed. For starters, you can install Skylights, Roof Lanterns or Sun Tunnels within your structure to harness the power of natural daylight by challenging natural daylight from roofs and bring light indoors. This creates a healthier, cost-effective and more productive environment. Skylights, Roof Lanterns or Sun Tunnels can be installed when building the premises or retrofitted after the event at almost any time throughout the life-cycle of the building.

With recent events of Grenfell Tower strong in our hearts and minds, we need to also be looking at safety. This is where AOV’s are a perfect solution. These Automatic Smoke Ventilators, not only help to improve the natural ventilation of a building thus cooling the internal building when it is warm outside without the need for expensive air-conditioning; they are also extremely beneficial in an emergency should a fire occur. AOV’s ensures that hot smoke may rise above escape routes thus leaving the dwellers with a better chance of escape. By introducing automatic vents at a high level which open upon the detection of smoke, the smoke can escape the building into the atmosphere.

When either refurbishing or building a property from scratch, you should ensure that the materials used are fully insulated which will help to relegate the heat levels that may escape the building. Many modern Skylights and Roof Access Hatches and other materials are insulated to a high level and will help to keep the heat in without letting any pass through (also known as the buildings U-Values which is the measurement of the heat transmission through a building (such as a wall, roof or window) or a given thickness of a material (such as insulation).

Overall, a sustainable building is an excellent choice for anyone to consider and is something which will benefit both the environment and you overall. While it is true that you won’t be able to make a completely sustainable building, you will be able to save money and be more environmentally friendly. If you’re looking for materials to facilitate this option, then Trade Access Panels has a wide selection of Skylights, Sun Tunnels, Roof Lanterns, AOV’s, Loft Hatches to name but a few.