Environmentally friendly

Form of Building and Cross Ventilation
Artist's impression of landscaping at Markeaton Street

Reed beds span the entire north-east elevation of the site. Their main purpose is to collect rainwater from the roofs. They will also create a diverse wildlife habitat. 

David Jovetic, Senior Architect from Birmingham based Architec Design Partnership (ADP)

From the outset, Markeaton Street was designed with sustainable low energy design at its core, and has brought new life to what used to be a brownfield site.

Environmentally friendly features of the building include:

  • 'Brise Soleil' window shades and secondary glazing to control glare and overheating and protect against heat loss. See diagram
  • Deciduous tree planting to filter direct sunlight in the summer to avoid overheating, and allow maximum sunlight in the winter. It also provides a degree of free heating.
  • Brise Soleil and planting also act as protection from the wind, reducing fabric heat loss.
  • It's a shallow building with roof lights and voids allowing maximum penetration of daylight to the spaces below.
  • 'Solar gain' through exposed concrete which absorbs heat during the day and discharges it at night, minimising the need for heating and air conditioning.
  • Low energy, low carbon emission heating, cooling and ventilation system (Termodeck).
  • A height limited building with acoustic and thermal insulators.
  • Lots of water and landscaping including a series of reed beds and ponds to encourage wildlife.
  • The reed beds also help provide cooling in the summer as hot air passes over the water and is effectively cooled. This helps to moderate temperature in the internal spaces. See diagram

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