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Wales Insider June/July 2021

14/06/2021

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Wales Insider June/July 2021

As our name — Building Adaptable Sustainable Environments — suggests, we’re passionate about designing innovative buildings that will last well into the future.

And Base Managing Director Harry Reece has been sharing his thoughts on the future of zero carbon buildings in Wales with the country’s biggest business magazine, Insider.

‘Holding out for a zero’ (p48 June/July edition) takes a look at how close Wales is to achieving zero carbon buildings and showcases a handful of schemes of examples, including one of our own.

Our design proposal for a company in South Wales, was to create a flagship sustainable green office space that actively encouraged collaborative working.

Our approach to the design and configuration of the properties was a highly insulated, fabric first method, which offered a highly energy efficient building from the outset. It also gave the opportunity for further renewable technologies to be added.

We built the scheme around a timber frame, avoiding steel work and with large elements of open glass with canopies incorporated to manage solar gain. High end renewable systems were integrated with an innovative and intuitive automation system including heat recovery and circulation systems giving a year-round ambient temperature.

We designed the managerial suites to relate to the areas where the wider team would sit, and training facilities and social spaces were designed to encourage engagement. We also looked to use a Welsh grown and milled timber frame structural system that supported local employment, while minimising travel and encouraging inward investment.

To see more on that commercial scheme, click here.

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