Peter Swan Limited

Engineering Architecture Project Management

Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD)

Human beings have always had an adverse impact on their surrounding environment and the global ecology. In the relatively recent past we have become more aware of the significant ecological consequences of our actions.

The construction and operation of buildings consumes large quantities of non- renewable materials and fuel, and contributes to the release of greenhouse gasses and other pollutants. Your building project provides an opportunity to make a difference to the ecology of the planet - your building could use energy and resources more efficiently, produce less waste, less greenhouse gas and less toxic emission. It could contribute to the health and well being of its occupants. The design could take these and other factors into account over the building's entire life.

We consider that in order to successfully deliver a sustainable development Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) principles must be contemplated and integrated into the design from the outset, particularly when a specific benchmark is to be achieved.

ESD ISSUES

Carbon footprint & waste reduction

  • Natural ventilation
  • Daylighting
  • Solar control
  • Insulation, insulation, insulation
  • Lighting controls
  • Ventilation heat recovery
  • Geo-thermal heat exchange
  • Combined heat and power generation
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Wind power
  • Waste segregation & recycling
  • Spoil retention

Biodiversity & low-impact materials

Health & well-being

  • Natural ventilation
  • Daylighting
  • Break-out space and staff amenities
  • Cycle storage
  • Commuting alternatives
  • Considerate contractor
  • Local employment

Longevity & flexibility

  • Low-maintenance materials
  • Durable materials
  • Generic plan type
  • Efficient planning
  • Low-tech BM systems wherever possible
  • Humane design
  • Pleasing and poetic architecture


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