May 11, 2020

Construction Industry Trends 2020 UK: Sustainability

Biophilic Design

There is a scientifically-proven link between people and a connection to nature. Biophilic design is not just about adding plants or living walls to your space, it highlights the true relationship between people and the patterns, rhythms, and textures of nature and natural materials. It focuses on the living space as a whole, taking account of views, lighting and indoor climate.We are excited to share this future with our clients.

Holistic Well Being 

Green construction has expanded to encompass not just green for buildings but green for people. Modern living spaces promote physical wellness,  supporting the cognitive and emotional well being of the family. 

Green buildings create structures in harmony with their natural surrounding. Buildings that not only benefit the environment but enrich the lives of people who live, raise families and work in those spaces. Green buildings promote the conservation of sustainable energy sources and allow us to share in the history and style to be found in recycled building materials.

Green building has a positive influence on climate and the total ecosystem by reducing water usage and substituting pollutant producing energy sources, which produce and discharge carbon dioxide into our atmosphere.

Taking an environmentally aware approach at the conception stage of a building project ensures the structure will remain resource efficient throughout its life-cycle from siting to design, construction, operation, running costs, maintenance and renovation.

One of the most popular trends is blending indoor and outdoor space. The green focused lifestyle lends itself to merging home and garden.  An outdoor patio, deck or screened entertainment area adds natural space and makes for  effortless blending of your unique design style.

What are green building techniques?

Reusing materials such as wood floors, doors, windows and fireplaces. Recycled materials such as glass, aluminium, tile, wood and plastic can be used to enhance the character of any home.

Canterwood Partnership incorporates all the latest sustainability trends into your home to help you create the perfect harmonious living space, both inside and out.

5 Simple Ways We Can Help Your Home 'Go Green'

  1. Think Big, Build Small - Space planning

Good space planning is a fundamental element of green building and ensures that each room is exactly the right size in terms of form, function and resource efficiency. The designer draws up a plan based on your analysis of how the space will be used. This ensures that there’s no wasted or awkward space in your home.

  1. Use Sustainable Materials

In our constantly changing environment we need to be aware of how much money can be saved by building a green home. Changing from an emission producing powerhouse into a green one is often simpler than we thought.

Being aware of energy saving benefits like replacing your storage tanks with a tankless water heater, no need to pay for storing hot water.

Each and every part of your home from the roofing material to walls, flooring cabinets and counters could add style and texture to your home and benefit the environment. Reclaimed timber, recycled plastic, recycled glass and  natural finishes such as bamboo, cork and new, modern takes on linoleum. All of these are natural and renewable and add warmth and harmony to any space.

  1. Insulate

Every insulation product has the same goal; to reduce heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. Taking care of this makes your home much more efficient, saves money on your energy bills and reduces the emissions associated with heating and cooling the space.

There’s a choice of eco-friendly insulation materials available and we’ll be there to advise which material is best for your home.

  1. Be Energy Efficient

An important feature of a green home is the choice of energy efficient appliances. Solar panels, water saving fixtures, energy efficient lighting all use green technologies that are safer for the environment and don't produce fossil fuel waste by-products. 

  1. Focus on Indoor Air Quality

New green design and home building trends are recognising that good ventilation is vital to everyone’s health and well being and by reducing the risk of indoor pollutants, allergy and even asthma sufferers can benefit. 

Materials: We promote the importance of sustainable, non-toxic and air-purifying building materials to limit off-gassing of pollutants within homes.

Building fabric: We focus on the importance of building fabric and construction quality, as well as the role of retrofitting existing materials to lower the risk of damp and mould.

Ventilation: We prioritise efficient indoor air management strategies for healthy living maximum energy efficiency.

The Way Forward:

It’s clear that going green really is the smart choice. 


Before you plan your next construction project contact Canterwood Partnership. We’d love to design and build your green dream home.

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