Sustainable construction

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Jason Palmer
01223 460475
jason.palmer@carltd.com

Sustainable construction is not only about energy. Water use and rainwater collection are ever more important. Sustainable construction presents a series of challenges. Its breadth, the inter-related issues it includes, and the ever-changing legislative pressures for more sustainable buildings make it a minefield even for experienced designers and developers.

The Code for Sustainable Homes adds new impetus to calls for greater sustainability in new buildings – in particular now Building Regulations and planning requirements are converging with standards defined in the Code. Non-domestic buildings and existing buildings look set to face similar pressure to meet and show they are meeting sustainability goals.

Energy and climate change usually carry most weight in sustainable construction, but also important are:

  • Water use
  • Travel and transport
  • Green space and landscaping
  • Waste and recycling
  • Providing a high quality internal environment
  • Whole life costs and investment appraisal
  • Low impact materials
  • Improving historic/listed buildings, and
  • Providing facilities for local people.

CAR can offer support to clients and designers across all of these issues.

Projects

Renewable Energy Statements Clients: Various. We prepared Renewable Energy Statements for volume and small scale house-builders – looking for cost-effective ways to achieve renewables targets.

Huntingdon Olympic Gym Client: Huntingdon Gymnastics Club. We prepared resource use and energy options for the transformation of this athletics facility in Cambridgeshire.

Exhibition and Archive Centre, Kuwait Client: Malcolm Reading Associates. We analysed options for Renewable Energy and international accreditation systems for this project in the Gulf.

Sustainable Schools Client: Department for Education and Skills. CAR analysed and wrote case studies of 10 leading edge ‘sustainable ’ schools. See pdf below.

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PDF icon Schools for the Future.pdf3.24 MB
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