Environmental sustainability, energy efficiency and building durability are at the forefront of current design considerations. The provision and use of buildings has a huge impact on the environment.  Energy used during building construction, for heating, cooling and lighting buildings, and the chemicals present in materials used in building services and components, all directly affect occupants and the wider environment.
Many of our projects are assessed by the British Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method. This Assessment method seeks to minimise the adverse effects of new buildings on the environment at global and local levels, whilst promoting healthy indoor conditions for the occupants. The assessment considers a wide range of internal and external environmental issues including energy and water use, renewable resources, sustainability, transport, comfort of occupants and ecology. We have attained BREAAM Excellent rating on three projects to date.
We received the RICS Sustainability Award for the ‘Harris Centre’ – a new teaching facility at Walford College, Shropshire. This building incorporates a biomass boiler, with energy supplemented from a ground source heat pump, a wind turbine and photovoltaic panels. While this particular building has a range of renewables we believe in a clear commonsense approach to sustainable buildings: they should be carefully orientated, well insulated, well sealed and well built to provide buildings that will last. They should also be delightful places to occupy – to ensure longevity!
In terms of a wider perspective on sustainability we believe the re-use of existing buildings is a matter of urgent concern. We believe the transformation of the existing building stock will prove to be one of the greatest challenges. We have undertaken a number of exciting projects working with existing buildings, re-inventing them, enhancing their energy performance and extending their life span.