Currently we consume our planet. Environmental pollution, energy crisis, climate change, water shortages, resource scarcity, overpopulation are all signs, that a more conscious relationship with the earth and its resources is necessary. An architect can make a substantial contribution to a sustainable built environment by designing, not only materials and energy consuming, but also buildings that contribute to an overall environment of people, animals and plants that are in equilibrium with the ecosystem.
Each project begins with articulating a level of ambition, in collaboration with the client. What is the expected durabilty or term of use, and what are the options afterwards. Is it possible to design a building that can withstand the demands in the future? How can the environmental impact of a building be reduced to a minimum. Spatial perception, low power consumption, quality and flexibility are the first conditions to give the building a longer expected future.
A good relationship is essential for the choices that are made during the process, from sketch to a final design and, realization and commissioning. In each phase, the plan will be assessed on all aspects of sustainability. The goal is to create a durable product. A building that can withstand the test of time because of its lasting utility in an architecture of a timeless beauty. We try to achieve this with architectural elements such as composition, spaciousness, material, color and texture, light & craftsmanship. We integrate the latest technical installations in a natural way. We creating a 'healthy' building of sensory quality by daylight, fresh air, to optimize. Pleasant acoustics and temperature. In this building, the user will feel itself comfortable, so will the generations after him, with minimal impact on the environment.
Reducing the energy consumption of a building is important if you want to restrict the impact of a building on the environment. Unused energy is the cleanest energy. This requires an integrated approach. An optimal cooperation between the architect and installation consultant, an optimal synergy between building and installation. Limiting the energy is therefore a joint effort. The architect chooses a smart orientation and distribution of spaces and writes good insulation and glazing. The consultant chooses energy efficient models when it comes to lift, cooling, lighting and ventilation. New energy sources and cogeneration, biomass, solar panels or wind turbines in combination with thermal storage and CCA provide renewable energy for the building, making it self-sufficient or even energizing. The use of techniques such as a light -sensitive exterior blinds, light tracking and daylight sensors provide a highly efficient use of energy.
The choice of materials is dependent on many factors. There are the aesthetic properties such as color, texture and structure that determine the appearance. The physical properties such as thermal conductivity, durability, serviceability or strength.
They all have a major impact on the sustainability of a building sited to the environmental impact of a material, is it recyclable, does the productionproces have an impact on the environment, is the material separable, does it provide plenty of waste. Our starting point is to use as little material as possible. The use of prefabricated elements and removable smart and open-plan concepts make a building functional and flexibel. We often choose to use 'local' materials, in addition to the reduction of transport costs and environmental impact, generating an involvement with the location. We ask ourselves (and client) whether the chosen materials fit the desired identity of the building, and if the environmental pressures support the durability of the building and fit within the budget.
To achieve a sustainable building with good or excellent Breeamscore, the term sustainability must be approached in a broader sense. All aspects related to the building and use are reviewed: management, health, energy, water, transport, materials, waste, ecology, pollution. Therefor BREEAM should be integrated in the design proces from the beginning.Building in a sustainable way is a creative proces that must be completed by the design team and client as well.
BREEAM does not only have an influence on the structural component, but concerns the entire design and construction process as well as the use of the building. A good understanding and cooperation is essential for the choices that have to be made during the proces from a small idea to a plan, from a sketch to a final design, realization and commissioning. The responsibility to achieve a good Breeamscore lies with the entire team.
" Out of the box " thinking
Because of the fast growing developments in the field of sustainability, thinking out of the box becomes essential. New developments and innovations lead to new building concepts. It is always important to consider if an innovation is proven in the past and if its suitable to apply. For example, developments in the field of energy and installation currently going very fast.that is why we try to look for a passive design solution. So it's important to invest in a good structural shell. The remaining needs can be filled with installations. The challenge is to create comfortable places for people to live, work and stay in. Our goal is to make a positive contribution to the environment.