We are interested in developing qualitative prototypical buildings, which are ecologically founded, economically viable, and positively impact their inhabitant’s lives through considered design and accessible adaptability. In a climate in which warranties dictate design, and the nature of construction contracts limit quality, we seek to redistribute the priorities of the construction process in favour of design and sustainability.
We champion living streets and places that help cultivate strong community with care given to how each house contributes to the social. All of our homes are designed to the highest ecological and performance standards. Sustainability is also about land use and homes can benefit from the thermal efficiencies of being adjacent to each other that’s why our homes are mostly designed to work in terrace or apartment formation.
Buildings account for 39% of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the UK. A building's carbon footprint is the amount of CO2 it produces during its operations and activities. Managing and reducing carbon footprints as part of a low carbon strategy, with its inherent cost benefits and revenue opportunities, is increasingly important in building design. Building green is one of the best strategies to temper negative climate change because the technology to make substantial reductions in energy and CO2 emissions already exists.
We champion living streets and places that help cultivate strong community with care given to how each house contributes to the social. Our proposals are designed to be factory made, involving different forms of pre-fabrication and drawing on the material resources and infrastructure of the surrounding context. They combine both the efficiencies, improved labour conditions and precision of the factory with ancient building technologies and materials.
Evaluate and measure a building design's carbon footprint as early in the process as possible. "That is when there are the most opportunities for reduction," says Andrea Charlson, senior engineer of advanced technology and research, ARUP. "At this stage, alternative layouts and materials can be considered and details can be refined to use less material. As the design progresses these opportunities diminish." Part of this early planning involves a life cycle assessment on which carbon footprinting is based. "It is a process of considering all the flows (energy, water, materials, waste) in and out of a system to calculate its environmental impact," says Charlson. "The result of a life cycle assessment for a product is a set of life cycle inventory data detailing the environmental impact per unit of the product. This information is becoming increasingly available through environmental product declarations direct from manufacturers. This data can then be combined with the material quantities used in the building to calculate its carbon footprint."
We use exclusively sustainable and recycled building materials. Materials that have less negative effect on the environment. We support green suppliers and vendors that embrace green practices. The aim of this manual is to document the processes that were undertaken during the construction of building X and its components. The manual details how each building component was designed, prototyped and constructed, with the aim to provide guidance to others wishing to undertake a similar project. A forthcoming revision of the manual will also document the steps required to assemble the individual components together into the completed building.