The Rookery – A Sustainable Approach to the Build & Construction

The Rookery is designed with a fabric first approach. Designing with a ‘fabric first’ approach is the most sustainable and user effective way to improve and maximise energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions for the dwelling over its life time. It involves improving the performance of the components and materials that make up the building fabric, before considering the use of mechanical or electrical building services systems and renewable/LZC technologies.

All the fabric, window & door U Values exceed Building Regulations Standards. Accredited Construction Details have been adopted to minimise thermal bridging and air leakage. In general terms, the building envelope, floors, walls, roof and windows etc. are super insulated and well-constructed, so that it requires the smallest amount of energy to heat up, and the property retains the heat well when it does.

As the Rookery is being occupied as a holiday let, we wanted to ensure that the systems within the property were user friendly, familiar and easy to maintain. So we opted for a Highly efficient Oil Condensing combination boiler for the central heating and have incorporated a 3.6kWp PV array on the South Facing roof to generate our electric. We have included a log burner in the main living area, which also reduces the use of the oil boiler and the open plan layout means that the whole space heats up really quickly.

The Rookery relies solely on a natural ventilation strategy which means no energy is used for forced Mechanical Ventilation and a healthier environment for the building occupants. All the white goods are energy efficient (A+ or A rated) and we install 100% low energy lighting. We have also used materials with low VOC emissions.

Consideration has been given to using materials and construction specifications that have a low environmental impact, such as those achieving an A+ or A rated under BRE’s Green Guide. Where possible, materials have been chosen that are responsibly sourced (such as FSC timber), recycled or reclaimed and insulation materials have a GWP (Global Warming Potential) of 5 or less. Indoor water use is reduced by use of fittings with lower flow rates and usages.

Steampunk and Interior Design in Pendle, Lancashire.

Steampunk and interior design can be defined as exposed machinery combined with a modern chic elegance. Gothic Victorian decoration offers a great example of Steam Punk design. It combined expressive elements from the industrial revolution and incorporated this style into gothic design. The result was a unique new style that offers and interior design style that adapts as our industrial styles develop.

Pendle was a thriving area for Mill towns in the early 1900’s. This has left a legacy of watermills, Cotton factories, mechanical inventions that facilitated the transport of products made during time of rapid development. Pendle is an area populated historical artifacts and and has area steeped in industrial history. The redevelopment of this precious heritage is visible across Pendle into a unique steampunk style can been seen across a number of mills that have been renovated in recent years.

With a collection of colours using metallic tones, coppers, bronzes, dark woods and leather set alongside a background of machine parts, clean-cut exposed mechanical workings with have been used in furniture such as lamps and doors handles the steampunk style results in a design style that is incandescent.

Exposed brickwork and beams, wooden door handles and staircases, metallic finished edges with leather furniture and wall art to include old maps and sepia photos all add to the unique finish that interior designers refer to as Steampunk.