The UK government has now declared an environment and climate emergency with many local authorities, including Bristol, committing to being carbon neutral by 2030.

Architecture and construction will play a vital role in this change, with buildings currently accounting for nearly 40% of energy-related carbon dioxide. The construction, occupation and usage of the world’s buildings consumes about 50% of all raw materials annually.

What can we do?

I believe that it is important to design buildings which help to reduce the human impact upon the planet. My role as an architect is to guide the client through the construction process, helping them make more sustainable design decisions and delivering projects with high environmental standards and credentials. Not only will these projects be positive for the planet, but they will be cheaper to heat, easier to operate, healthier, and more comfortable than other buildings.

My approach to sustainable design

Working with the client

At an early stage of a project I would look to develop an environmental brief which is tailored for the client’s project, site, budget and aspirations.

- I will introduce the client to possible grants/funding available for renewable energy generation or for using particular materials.

- We will explore possible routes to sustainability including using low impact materials and processes, reducing energy consumption of the building though a passivhaus method or generation of energy from the building.

 

- Finally we will look to set ourselves sustainability goals which will be measured and assessed once the building is completed.

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