March 17, 2012

Sustainability, reuse and adaptation.

Simply defined, sustainable design is smart design that looks beyond individual projects and considers the larger context.

I = P × A × T
Where: I = Environmental impact, P = Population, A = Affluence, T = Technology.

This data allows us to measure our progress towards our goal of carbon neutral design in fulfillment of our commitment to The 2030 Challenge.

Clients are turning away from conventional houses for more imaginative spaces – spaces that suit their needs while reflecting their personalities.  One of the best examples is the conversion of older, nonresidential buildings into one-of-a-kind living spaces.

Sustainable use of materials has targeted the idea of de-materialization, converting the linear path of materials (extraction, use, disposal in landfill) to a circular material flow that reuses materials as much as possible, much like the cycling and reuse of waste in nature. This approach is supported by product stewardship and the increasing use of material flow analysis at all levels, especially individual countries and the global economy.

A conversion is never boring. It inspires and as we progress we see that nothing is impossible.