Sustainability is an issue of pressing urgency yet it is also a buzzword with little substance. We wish to define the meaning of Sustainability within the context of what we do as architects. We are fully aware that architecture is not destiny, it can create the conditions for more sustainable environments but cannot force people to act in predetermined ways. It then follows that we must design to accommodate local cultures, climate and customs, creating environments that will be passed on from generation to generation, long term life-span a key component of sustainability. The design must allow for individuals to mould and personalise their own environments. Sustainability is the overarching concept of using less to do more.
Sustainability in architecture is not merely a matter of add-ons or product specification. It involves more than insulation, solar panels and rainwater tanks. Rather, it informs our approach to every project.
Pursuing an environmental agenda is not a constraint but instead a major stimulus towards an architecture that is innovative, authentic, and meaningful.
Sustainable design acknowledges the dynamic interaction of buildings with their immediate natural setting and climate. It is these interactions on which the design process focuses as much as on the resultant form of the building.
Sustainability requires a particular way of working – clear goals set at the project inception and close collaboration between client, architect and engineers throughout the process.
There is no such thing as green architecture or a green aesthetic. Instead there are countless ways design can address and synthesize issues of sustainability.
Holistic sustainability is the synthesis of physical comfort, environmental efficiency and aesthetic ambition. It is refined, subtle and elegant.