Sustainable Design

We are acutely aware of the impact our industry has on the environment and the importance of sustainability, across all aspects of design, construction, occupation and end of life use. We undertake a holistic approach to sustainable design which is encapsulated within fundamental practice principles; enshrined within our ISO 14001 certification, part of the Bioregional One Planet Living Principals which we use as an overarching framework and part of our pledge approach to the ‘Architects Declare a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency’.

Our approach looks to work collaboratively with clients, consultants and contractors on delivering net zero carbon design and highly sustainable developments with limited impact on the environment. This includes careful reviews and assessments of the project at key stages from inception through to completion to achieve net zero carbon designs. We use the ten One Planet Living Principals as a framework for our project assessments, the scope of review varies depending on the nature, size and complexity of the project, but with a holistic overarching goal.

Decisions made during the early design stages often have far reaching impacts on the embodied carbon, energy and running costs in use and end of life re-use. Our services include careful early-stage analysis of the site and orientation to maximise benefit from controlled solar gain, prevailing winds, natural daylighting and other site-specific factors for sustainable developments.

Minimising running costs and carbon in use is controlled with a fabric first approach and Passivhaus methodology to provide designs with compact form factors, well designed thermal, airtight envelopes, and a balanced solar approach to glazing requirements.

[Image: Sustainability strategy for Redcliffe Wharf office building]

We look to champion local and regional circular economies and regenerative design principles wherever possible, which includes selective sourcing of low impact, locally sourced and low embodied energy materials. The carbon impact of construction materials is captured within our assessments and monitored through the design and construction phases. This ensures design stage or construction decisions made are undertaken to reduce the embodied carbon of the project.


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