Sustainability | | DMVFDMVF

By: Dmvf  05/12/2011

Sustainability | | DMVFDMVF

DMVF Architects provide a holistic approach to all projects within which we get involved. Investigating the best way to protect the environment by reducing our CO2 emissions while providing more comfortable homes and cost effective solutions is core to our design process.

DMVF Architects specialise in energy efficient retro-fitting of existing building and energy efficient solutions for new buildings. The majority of our portfolio involves some aspect of eco refitting of existing buildings.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy resources are abundantly available in Ireland. The main sources are:

•             the sun (solar energy)

•             the wind

•             water (hydropower, wave and tidal energy)

•             heat below the surface of the earth (geothermal energy)

Renewable energy resources are constantly replenished through the cycles of nature – their supply will never be exhausted. Fossil fuels, on the other hand, are finite resources. They will become increasingly scarce and expensive to extract and supplies will become concentrated in politically volatile areas of the world before reserves are finally exhausted.

A gradual shift towards using renewable energy would mean:

•             reduced CO2 emissions

•             secure and stable energy supply for the long term

•             reduced reliance on expensive fuel imports

•             investment and employment in our indigenous renewable energy projects, often in rural and underdeveloped areas

DMVF Architects have an in-house expert who is fully qualified by SEAI(Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland) to undertake BER assessments. The majority of our clients have benefited from a raft of available SEAI grants which DMVF can advise upon. Recent examples of the grants availed of by our clients include projects such as:

DMVF Architects are able to provide an advisory service to all clients who wish to make their homes warmer, more cost efficient and less harmful to the environment. At DMVF Architects we advise as to the most cost effective solution for your home in terms of green technologies, insulation, home heating and ventilation.

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In addition to commercial buildings, we offer commercial clients architects experienced in designing private commercial housing developments including multi-unit housing projects and apartment buildings. DMVF Architects has specific knowledge banks in many areas including conservation, green design, build costs, project management, contract management, landscape design & interior design.



Properties achieving an ‘A’ rating are most efficient while properties achieving a ‘G’ rating are least efficient.Sustainable Energy Ireland , Ireland’s national energy agency, administers, audits and monitors the BER system. A survey is required where all the necessary data necessary to complete the SEI DEAP or SBEM (Simplified Building Energy Model – Commercial Properties) software is gathered.


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We will also outline the likely implications that any proposals may have in terms of planning permission, building regulations, neighbours, time, build cost, running cost, the environment and project management to name a few. At this consultation DMVF Architects will review your existing house or site and discuss with you and your family your hopes and plans for your home.


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Among other factors, we focus highly on optimising natural daylight in your home, energy saving concepts and creating a successful ‘flow’ throughout the spaces in your house. We will then produce a design report which will include a number of sketch design proposals of various options customised for your own home and your individual needs.