Last edited 05 Mar 2015

Design Philosophy

This article needs more work. To help develop this article, click 'Edit this article' above.

See also design methodology and briefing documents

It is very important at the outset of any project to decide on what you want. Some of the most important aspects of a building are often considered so late in the design process that they cannot be incorporated properly. This is particularly true of insulation and this translates into target U-values which in turn translate into wall thicknesses and can preclude some design features. The target U-values should be clearly set as should air tightness targets. So often the minimum standards that are allowed by the building regulations are taken on as acceptable; yet within a very few years these have changed. A U-values of as close to 0.1 and airtightness of less than one would both be good to aim at.

Designing Buildings Anywhere

Get the Firefox add-on to access 20,000 definitions direct from any website

Find out more Accept cookies and
don't show me this again