Whilst great architecture delivers both beauty and functionality, great environmental design delivers exceptional performance in terms of both comfort and energy.
This is achieved through site responsive concepts and analyses relating to local climate, topography, the design intent, form, orientation, functional distribution, glazing, shading, systems, controls and the local context including policy, subsidies and compliance.
Our first strength in environmental design is our ability to translate numerical simulation and design data into meaningful architectural terms. This allows the architect to evolve their massing and spatial distribution in the early stages to capture opportunities to enhance comfort and minimise carbon. As the design progresses, other aspects can then be developed such as fenestration and materiality.
Our second strength is our innovative approach, for example, using Parametric Modelling.
Our third is in our ability to integrates various aims of the client. These aims typical begin with a focus on regulatory compliance and commerciality. However, this can extend to environmental accreditation and building the case for planning permission. Ultimately, environmental design can take us towards the delivery of:
- Beautiful, functional, comfortable and highly desirable spaces;
- with low carbon and environmental impacts;
- maximising value for all stakeholders.
For building to be truly innovative, sustainable and create value, its designers must integrate these aspects into both their ongoing learning and their day-to-day processes and services. We are proud to have developed our own bespoke learning and development modules and in-houses processes to help take advantage of this key industry opportunity.