Sustainable design is a broad concept which aims to reduce the adverse effect of human activities on our world.
With architecture being responsible for about 45% of the carbon dioxide (greenhouse gas) emissions in the UK, architects have a key role to play in addressing this problem.
That is why sustainable architecture, with an increasing focus on energy saving, microgeneration and renewable technologies are moving up the agenda, not just in the UK but throughout the world.
BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) is the leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings. It sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de facto measure used to describe a building's environmental performance.
SAP is the Government's Standard Assessment Procedure for Energy Rating of Dwellings. SAP 2005 is adopted by government as part of the UK national methodology for calculation of the energy performance of buildings. It is used to demonstrate compliance with building regulations for dwellings - Part L (England and Wales), Section 6 (Scotland) and Part F (Northern Ireland) - and to provide energy ratings for dwellings.
We can bring our BREEAM skills to work with you on concepts, or we can use our SAP skills to provide a targetted solution to a specific project.