Architecture and sustainability a perfect marriage with ARK Architects

At ARK we understand that our goal of achieving beauty without going beyond the limits of functionality,

Architectural beauty can never be dissociated from the concept of sustainable building, a model that offers our clients the opportunity to live a unique experience of comfort and habitability, generating the least impact on the surroundings and the environment during its construction and subsequent useful life.

In order to achieve this objective, it is necessary to consider that the concept of sustainable building has a broader scope than we might think, covering from the project’s inception to its final maintenance in its post-occupation phase, in such a way that concepts, as varied as management, health and well-being, energy, transport, water, materials, waste, land use and ecology, pollution and innovation, are assessed.

All of these are requirements of the Breeam assessment, a certification of which ARK is an Associate Collaborator.

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A sustainable building provides both the end-user and the developer with a plus of recognition in the market of buildings with a low environmental impact, ensuring the incorporation of the best environmental practices in all phases of the promotion and creating awareness among owners, occupants, designers and operators about the benefits and added value of buildings with a reduced impact on the environment in their life cycle.

There are many measures that can be incorporated to obtain energy-efficient and sustainable buildings, but we will highlight those that have a direct application in the field of single-family housing.

– Choice of location, taking advantage of orientation, natural ventilation, natural conditions of the surroundings and terrain, solar protection, etc.

– Efficient air conditioning solutions, together with a correct definition of the envelope and ventilation, seek to create healthy, low-consumption spaces.

– Appropriate management and use of water resources, incorporating rainwater collection and reuse systems, alternative energy collection systems, design of landscaped roofs, etc.

– Home automation to optimise energy consumption, control of lighting, blinds, heating and radiation.

– Use of clean and sustainable energy systems such as photovoltaic energy, solar panels for DHW (domestic hot water) and heating, aerothermal energy, etc.

– Improvement of thermal and acoustic insulation, reduction of thermal bridges, use of recycled materials, identification of local materials with a low ecological footprint.

– Use of autochthonous species in gardening and landscaping with lower consumption of water resources and optimisation of irrigation.

In summary, we could define an efficient project as one that has a series of elements that combine the function of shelter and protection, providing comfort to its users; at ARK we are proud to say that we add beauty and functionality to the achievement of these requirements.

However, there is no point in striving to achieve these objectives in the short term if the so-called sustainable projects do not have the capacity to be maintained, to be perpetuated over time with a minimum impact on their surroundings.

With the mass production of all kinds of consumer goods, partly due to the innovation and speed of production of materials and buildings, humanity seems to have lost the sensitivity to take advantage of the environment and preserve the environment.

At ARK we aim to recover this forgotten sensitivity, incorporating the latest technologies into our projects without forgetting the necessary tribute to nature and the tradition of our land.

 

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