As architects, Building Tectonics are always looking for more sustainable construction methods to suggest to our clients. Here are some tips from David Knight from Roof Windows 4 You for designing a Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) inspired loft conversion.
Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) has fast become a more common way to build. The construction industry is steering away from traditional methods and towards options that reduce delivery times, costs, and energy consumption. And, a lot of the principles of MMC can be applied to a loft conversion to produce a more sustainable design.
Not only are greener home improvements better for the planet, but they can also add value to your home and make it more desirable. Below, I’ll take you through three of the ways you can design a more sustainable loft conversion inspired by MMC.
Use sustainably sourced materials
If your loft conversion requires bricks, look for environmentally friendly alternatives to concrete and clay that are sourced responsibly. Some common options are made from ground-down waste that would otherwise be sent to landfill, such as glass or scrap.
You can also use sustainably sourced wood from low-impact logging companies in your building work, as well as reclaimed or recycled metal. Even roof insulation, which will help your loft conversion conserve heat, can be made from recycled materials for a more sustainable loft design.
Embrace green energy
Incorporating solar panels into your loft design is a tried and tested way to keep energy consumption (and bills) as low as possible, but there are other things you can do to save energy.
For example, roof windows are a must for an attractive loft space, as they can let in a lot of mood-boosting natural light, as well as provide you with the best views in the house. And, if you choose double, triple, or even quadruple glazing for your roof windows, you can minimise heat loss and increase the energy efficiency of your loft even further.
Consider a green roof
Green or living cladding not only looks good, but it can also help protect homes from potentially damaging solar heat in the summer. It can minimise heat loss in winter just like insulation, too, so it’s worth considering if you want to create a more self-regulating home.
A green roof also deals with storms and heavy rain better than other types of roofing, as it retains more water. This reduces and cleans run-off that might otherwise put a strain on nearby drains and sewers. And, as the waterproofing tends to last longer than average roofing, it can be more cost effective too.
If you’re looking for ways to create a more sustainable loft conversion, the tips in this guide can help. By using MMC as inspiration, you can reduce the environmental impact of your design and make it more efficient.