FAQs - Sustainability by Design

Bauhu Homes are protecting the earth we share with a responsible selection of materials and sustainable architectural design using 100% recyclable materials designed to preserve the environment. Here’s how:

  • Zero wastage

  • Recyclable and recycled materials

  • Exceptional thermal and acoustic insulation

  • Double glazed windows

  • Impact resistant windows and doors

  • Bioclimatic design

  • Zero structural timber

  • Low VOC finishes

  • Recycled plastics

  • Rainwater recuperation

  • Natural ventilation

  • Low E solar control glazing

  • Minimised power consumption

  • Inert fiber cement siding

  • Composite kitchen counter

  • LED lighting

  • Composite panel interior doors

  • Solar PV

  • Solar thermal water heating

Our aim is to create building designs that have a positive impact, now and into the future, replacing the outdated “recycle, reduce and reuse” ethos of sustainability with “restore, renew and replenish.”

The definition of sustainable design is founded upon the concept of “do no additional harm” or “use only what you need, and no more.” Regenerative design is all about thinking ahead, where architects must design with the future in mind every step of the way. As opposed to sustainably designed buildings, which are based on the concept of only using the minimum resources you need, regenerative design seeks to restore those resources. Reducing a building’s resource demand is the cornerstone of sustainability but achieving a net-positive state – where the building is generating more resources than it uses – can help ensure that new buildings give back more resources than it consumes, like energy, fresh water, clean air, social benefit, fertile soil and new greenery.

Our aim is toward ‘NET POSITIVE’ buildings that are self sufficient to the point where they give back valuable resources to the planet. There’s a strong likelihood that basic essentials such as energy and water will become less available in the years to come. Certainly, they will become more expensive. Severe weather and climatic events are becoming more regular. Future proofing the buildings we live in is an immediate requirement.

Bioclimatic design aims to create healthy, comfortable homes while respecting the environment by taking into account local factors, the climate and natural resources like the sun, wind and rain that are available to the structure.

It requires a responsible selection of building materials, avoiding the use of VOC or polluting agents, ensuring the wellbeing of local biodiversity and making efficient use of energy, water, recyclable and recycled products and other resources.

Bioclimatic architectural design incorporates the orientation, size, height, layout, and even the colour of homes we build to make the best use of natural resources and blend with the natural environment. Windows are positioned to make the most of passive solar energy. The building design will be airtight and insulated avoiding heat transference across the building envelope. Hygrothermal comfort is achieved by efficiently controlling air currents, evaporation caused by the sun and by reducing condensation.

Natural ventilation and airflow through the building is designed for cooling and ceiling heights decided accordingly. Passive ventilation is used to avoid mechanical cooling systems. Water and plants are also important, using trees, climbing plans, vertical gardens, and other techniques to create cool areas that protect from the heat of the sun.