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RIBA Chartered Practice

Sustainability

We work with our clients to agree design objectives at the briefing and feasibility stages of projects. The aim of this initial phase of work is to establish the financial, technical and design parameters. The environmental objectives of the building and site will be defined at this stage and consideration given to

  • potential re-use of buildings
  • siting and orientation
  • minimising artificial energy input
  • natural ventilation
  • using daylight and sunlight appropriately to light and heat spaces naturally.
  • flexibility to accommodate changing needs of existing and potential future building users.
  • the choice of materials and construction methods, including the efficient use of materials, possible future re-use of materials, the use of recycled products and low maintenance products, sourcing from renewable stocks and the embodied energy in materials and methods of construction
  • design and siting to encourage sustainable forms of transport, and reduce car use
  • promoting bio-diversity and wildlife
  • minimising water use and waste
  • minimising construction waste.

This consideration to the environmental performance of the building and site is essential, however we believe that sustainability is more than environmental performance, we belief that buildings must be loved by the people who own them, use them and view them to be truly sustainable. We therefore define 'sustainability' holistically. It is about creating projects and relationships that work; that last; that are financially viable, that function for the user in the present and future; that protect the environment and that bring benefits to the local community.

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