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Resilient Design

Sustainability is about maintaining our well being – environmental, economic and social – over the long term. Sustainable development therefore must not only meet our current needs but also must not compromise our ability to meet our future needs. Sustainable urban development decouples, on one hand, enhancing our quality of life from, on the other, environmental pressures and damage. It allows us to do the former without incurring the latter. This can be achieved by using resources – space, materials, energy and water – more carefully, more efficiently, and so more sparingly.

How to act more sustainably can be approached in many ways, ranging from a strict engineering approach to the approach of an eco-warrior. This practice brings bring an an architecturally-oriented Architectural Science mindset to sustainable design, building physics simulation and modelling, and renewable technologies.

With a background in Architecture (and an a posteriori understanding of the Lifetime Homes standard and Part M of the Building Regulations), this practice takes a “people first” approach: urban developments must be comfortable, functional and give delight to their users now and in the future. Spaces must be comfortable to live or work or learn in, they must be so without damaging the environment, but they must still be efficient to run. In order to do this it is not enough to “believe” in sustainability, sustainability must be well understood. This requires adequate knowledge of the issues – together with commitment, endeavour, and integrity. A background in Architectural Science and knowledge of building physics allows an understanding of how design choices affect the sustainability of buildings and urban spaces. This practice is built on this foundation.

This practice is concerned with the design of buildings that are contemporary, demand little energy and so produce little or no CO2, have low environmental impact and anticipate climate change, meet lifetime needs, and are affordable.

You can contact Catherine Alexandra on 020 7148 3450 or 01933 788 500 or by using the contact form.