Sustainability

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 in order 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 are based on 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 ensuring 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 are 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.