Pursuing more sustainable architecture
Sustainability is a complex and important issue and a key consideration in all decisions that we make when designing buildings. We grapple with the fact that real sustainability is hard to achieve in anything that we humans do. Ultimately we aim to make our buildings as resource-efficient in their production and occupation as we can.
If we can produce buildings that require very few resources in occupation (energy and water) and use responsibly sourced materials in manufacture, then we are close to achieving our goal.
There are aspects of construction that we can’t control such as the electricity, water and transport used in manufacture of products. But we endeavour to work with local builders and suppliers who share our values and we research and specify locally manufactured, sustainably sourced, materials where possible.
We design our buildings to be energy efficient and wherever possible use energy produced on site.
All of our buildings are designed to last for a long time and be loved by their occupants so they will be around longer than us. With their high thermal performance and environmental design considerations our buildings should be very low impact well into the future.