Sustainability is at the centre of an important movement concerning the whole construction industry. The sustainability regulations have been progressively established between various people working in construction, the environment and public services to integrate the principals of sustainable development across all of the activities linked to conception, construction, function and maintenance of a building.
Reid Brewin Architects have always integrated into their projects criteria which are now covered under the term “Sustainability”. The practice promotes the themes of durable development at the heart of all of their projects. We try to reconcile economic, social and environmental aspects of human activity to maximise the efficiency of resources used (water, energy, and construction materials), to reduce the overall impact on the environment and to find a coherent, long term balance between these three factors.
We strongly believe that architects have a central role to play in the conception of projects by responding to the goals of sustainability. This naturally promotes good practice by making us aware of the importance that the statutory regulations and codes of conduct have to play in achieving excellence.
Each of our projects is based on a thorough analysis of the environment in which our proposal will sit. We take into account the orientation, the surroundings, energy requirements, water management, biodiversity, air quality, temperature, acoustics and use of local materials.
Reid Brewin Architects carefully consider the environmental impact of all our projects. From the very beginnings of a project to ensure buildings are orientated to optimise solar gain, natural daylight and ventilation, through to the retrofit of existing buildings and the inclusion of energy-efficient technologies. RBA is currently developing designs that incorporate new green spaces in the grounds and roof terraces of projects in inner-city Paris. One of our data centre projects uses its waste energy to heat local greenhouses generating food produce as part of an urban farming project.
Our interior fit-out project for Nike in Les Halles was awarded an LEED Gold certification for its environmental performance. The project scored highly for its construction waste management plan, indoor air quality and efficient use of energy, water and recycled materials.
Sustainable Architecture Design Standards
Building Research Establishment Environmental Method was formed in the UK in 1990 and was the first method for assessing the environmental performance of buildings. BREEAM guidelines cover many different types of building, including Industrial, Residential, Education, Healthcare and Retail.
Haute qualité environnementale was formed in France in 2013. The scheme assesses a project at 3 stages; once the building programme is established, at the end of the conception phase and at the end of the construction period. HQE is much more orientated towards the comfort and health of the individual.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design was formed in the United States in 1998. LEED is the most widely used green building rating system, with over 94,000 projects using the certification worldwide. LEED projects can be placed in to 5 overarching categories and the assessment
is a two-part process, involving a design phase review and also a construction phase review.