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Building Sustainably: Sustainability in Architectural Design

Sustainability isn't merely a passing fad; it's a requisite. The constructed environment significantly contributes to carbon emissions and resource depletion. As an architectural practice, we're deeply committed to infusing sustainable practices into every facet of our designs, in accordance with the principles outlined by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Above: Our Carbon-Negative lodge at the Mole Resort

Interesting Fact: The UK's commitment to sustainability is evident through initiatives like BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) certification, which assesses a building's ecological performance. The UK was among the pioneers in developing such green building assessment methodologies.

The RIBA Code of Conduct underscores the architect's responsibility to "Conserve and Enhance the Quality of the Environment." This principle informs our designs, adhering to UK planning and building control regulations whilst pushing the envelope of eco-conscious architecture. Were you aware that sustainable design extends beyond materials and energy usage? It encompasses considerations like site orientation, passive design, and even occupant well-being. For instance, maximising natural light not only reduces energy consumption but also enhances occupants' productivity and mood.

To attain our sustainable goals, collaboration and innovation is our focus. We collaborate with suppliers who share our commitment to environmentally friendly materials. Our architects also embrace circular design principles, contemplating the entire life cycle of a building, from construction to eventual deconstruction. By prioritising sustainability, we're fabricating structures that curtail their impact on the environment whilst contributing to healthier, more liveable communities. Our designs serve as evidence that architecture can propel the transition to a greener future, in alignment with the principles set forth by the RIBA.


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