“In Pursuit of Efficiency”
Sustainable innovation has been a founding principle of the practice, and is fully integrated into our designs and business processes. From designing the first zero carbon home to delivering the greenest office building in the Middle East, our track record of improving the efficiency of buildings and spaces is significant and far-reaching.
Our approach to design is driven by the fundamental belief that sustainability should not compromise function or beauty. Good design should be informed by an ambition to improve efficiency and reduce the building’s carbon footprint and consequently the impact on climate change.
No building, space or place can be considered well designed if it does not positively contribute to environmental, social and economic sustainability. Our design process is robust but flexible to allow a bespoke response to a client brief and context. Our experience and belief in the value of sustainable design enable an intuitive response, which is supported by a rigorous process that harnesses the benefits of BIM and performance analysis.
The practice’s design process is not limited to targeting specific green credentials, but instead pushes the boundaries of performance and efficiency of the built environment. We measure our carbon footprint and feed post-occupancy data back into the design process, providing measured design solutions for our clients.
Annually, the practice calculates its own carbon emissions and follows an environmental programme to set targets for improving the efficiency of our offices year-on-year. Recent calculations show that London and Manchester's annual carbon emissions are equivalent to:
Gross* = 0.767 tCO2e
Net** = 0.276 tCO2e
*Gross emissions (Location based emissions) calculates tCO2e using the UK electricity average grid factor.
**Net emissions (Market based emissions) uses the renewable energy carbon factor and deducts the emissions saved from the gross figure. This takes into account our purchase of green energy.
(“In Pursuit of Efficiency” was the title of an article in the Architects’ Journal by Felix Mara about the Siemens Middle East HQ.)
The practice’s approach is underpinned by fully integrating a sustainable design methodology that balances efficiency and performance with form.
Alan Shingler RIBA
Partner, Head of Residential