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Sustianble Eco-Home


While all clients recognise the importance of sustainable development, the approach to achieving it must be tailored to each client and project to ensure the most suitable solutions are delivered.

Optimizing space utilisation and reusing existing structures typically offer more cost-effective and sustainable ways of construction. Such approaches require fewer materials and less energy during use. Our practice adopts a fabric-first approach, where the functionality of spaces on a daily and seasonal basis informs the design process. Every project begins with a Feasibility Study, which clearly establishes the spatial requirements, budget, and functional aspects of the project. This approach can be applied to both existing and new structures, reducing energy demands and achieving the desired climate comfort.


When considering materials, construction methods, and finishes, we acknowledge the uniqueness of each project and take various factors into consideration. However, our practice prioritizes the use of renewable, local, and sustainable materials whenever appropriate, offering resilient solutions.


Our methodology ensures that the most suitable approaches are integrated into the design from the conceptual stage:


  1. Feasibility: Understanding the site and existing structures allows us to develop a design approach that aligns with the opportunities and constraints present. This ensures that any solution is contextually appropriate from the early stages of design.

  2. Holistic: Recognising that there is no one-size-fits-all solution, we emphasise understanding how all elements of a project work together. This comprehensive understanding enables us to deliver the most sustainable outcome for you.

  3. Communication: Effective and efficient communication is essential to ensure that all parties involved understand the approach and work collaboratively to achieve project goals.

Adam Swain-Fossey, during his tenure at Hopkins Architects, delivered exemplary sustainable projects that have been regarded as pioneers in sustainable design. These projects have garnered multiple national awards and serve as benchmarks within the industry.

Internal Sustainble Office
Grade II Listed Structure
Sustainable Materials Buxton
Case Studies
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