Pragmatic
sustainability –
a common sense
approach

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Principles

Much is spoken of sustainability often with conflicting viewpoints and sometimes spurious agendas. Our approach starts with the site and the client and focuses on pragmatism. We start by asking the question, what is realistically achievable on this site with the resources available?

Where possible we aim to exceed the minimum standards expected by legislation, but also take into consideration the clients objectives and personal commitment to sustainable design. We seek to establish at an early stage of design what might be achievable, discuss this with our clients, and set out agreed objectives. It is imperative that sustainability is at the core of the design rather than viewed as a ‘bolt-on’.

Matters to consider include the site itself; the viability of any existing buildings; the purpose and likely lifespan of the building; materiality; embodied energy; energy efficiency; running costs; maintenance and end of life issues. From this analysis, we offer options and make recommendations to our clients.

Memberships
& Accreditations

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Riba
Rsa
Iso 9001
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