Sustainable Design

As a race we are currently consuming, on average, four times as many resources as the earth can supply.  The built environment and construction industry make up a significant proportion of this excessive consumption. Through sustainable design the environmental impact of a building can be reduced in terms of energy and water use, the construction materials used, and the way in which it fits with the aims of a greater sustainable city.

We see sustainable design not as an add-on or box ticking exercise, but as fundamental and intrinsic to good design.

Master Planning & Sustainable Development Frameworks

Sustainable development extends from the buildings through to the neighbourhood and precincts, with the application of ESD principles to the greater urban environment. We can produce long-term sustainable masterplans including strategies for neighbourhoods or campuses based on site infrastructure and cost benefit analyses.

Integrated Whole Building Design Facilitation

The concept of integrated whole building design brings the design team, the contractor and the future building users together throughout the design process to ensure a co-ordinated, fit-for-purpose design. We’ve acted as facilitator for integrated design workshops where all parties combine to progress the design, and co-ordinator for each parties ideas.

Passive Design

A ‘fabric first’ approach in the early design stages ensures a building is optimised towards passive performance. This is essential in making sure the building works as well as possible passively before adding active systems. This saves energy and money over the life of the building.

Facade Analysis

The facade is where the internal and external environments meet. It is therefore critical to balance the heat gains from the sun with the heat losses through the glass. Using 3D and CFD computer modelling we can assess the performance of a variety of facade types and use this information to inform the building’s design.

Natural Ventilation

Using the outdoor air to condition a building can result in large energy savings, but requires careful consideration at the design stage. Computer simulation, including CFD, can analyse airflows to ensure the right amount of ventilation while accounting for potential pitfalls like noise and overheating.

Environmentally Friendly Materials Selection

Environmentally friendly materials are those that have a less harmful impact on the environment during their manufacture, use and end of life. The right selection of materials used in the interior of a building can help with achieving good indoor environmental quality, which can improve productivity of staff and minimise the risk of sick building syndrome.