Marks Barfield takes a holistic approach to sustainable development. It recognises that sustainable development encompasses economic, social and environmental issues, and is not confined to the building envelope. The practice has received ISO 14001 accreditation which highlights a commitment to sustainability in both the performance in the office and throughout the lifetime of the projects.
Marks Barfield has experience in many key sustainable design areas which we use to assess projects, such as solar orientation, photovoltaic cells, passive heating and cooling, natural ventilation enabled by chimney stacks, orientation, the use of local features such as water to create cooling, grey water schemes and drilling down to aqua levels to obtain water. Hazardous materials are not specified, only timber from managed renewable sources and endeavours are made to check all materials for sustainability and conditions of production. Marks Barfield would manage the Quality Control and early checking of construction information and drawings as well as inspecting control samples of work to avoid waste during construction.
Marks Barfield believe that services engineers should be involved in the design process at the earliest stage and recognise that their contribution can influence the orientation, the form and skin of the building. The external environment can supply useful energy to a building in the form of light, heat and cooling, and water. The energy needs of the building can be reduced by using the building skin as a filter or moderator of a free energy exchange between the internal and the external environment.