Practical sustainability

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Jim Ross
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Sustainability is a powerful but slippery concept. Now that there is so much information (and some misinformation) in circulation, it can be difficult to know how to make sustainable decisions. CAR’s approach to sustainable buildings takes a broad and balanced view, based on technical knowledge and also practical experience.

A sustainable building should be designed, detailed and constructed to be:

  • bright, well-ventilated and comfortable
  • economical to run
  • straightforward to maintain
  • flexible in day-to-day use
  • adaptable in the medium and long term,
    as well as having
  • low energy, low emissions and low pollution.

These are practical objectives. Advanced or experimental technologies should only be used when they contribute to these objectives, never for their own sake.

There is no standard template for sustainable buildings. CAR works with clients to find solutions that fit their particular needs. By coupling good design skills with a solid technical foundation in Conservation, Structural Engineering, Building Physics and Whole-life Costing, CAR has the tools, skills and experience to deliver sustainable buildings that meet the needs of today and are prepared for tomorrow.

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