Sustainability

At stretto architects we fundamentally believe in designing healthy, comfortable buildings that have a minimal impact on the environment around us.

We believe that sustainable design and work practices are part of a moral imperative to minimise our impact on the natural environment and to ensure our activities in the ‘now’ will not adversely affect the lifestyle and opportunities available to future generations.

Sustainability can only be achieved through collaboration; engaging professionals, designers, manufacturers and local people to ensure buildings and places are long lived and long loved.

Community involvement is at the heart of good design, after all, the security of buildings and urban space is dependent upon the people that use them.

To define and shape places effectively requires an understanding of the social, political and environmental factors that have a bearing on the built environment and the people that use buildings. By maintaining an awareness of these pressures and exploring ways in which they influence the design process it is possible to conceive of new ways to produce architecture that is both sustainable and rewarding to experience.

The construction industry has a considerable impact on the planet. It is responsible for the consumption of half of our global resources, both for building and maintenance. We encourage clients to actively work with construction professionals to minimise this impact.

By designing buildings that are inherently flexible we aim to accommodate the changing future needs of our clients and, hopefully, subsequent occupiers. This approach has the added benefit of reducing the potential for short-term redundancy and demolition.

The potential for reusing existing structures through refurbishment, remodelling, recladding, retrofitting, upgrading, change of use, extending, and/or partial demolition is increasingly important for development opportunities.

We must all commit to reducing our environmental footprint by continuously improving our policies, processes, protocols and specifications.

Our approach is it to focus on the established architectural concerns of economy, utility, durability, comfort and aesthetics through sustainable practices. We hope to be able share these objectives through our work with clients, consultants and other stakeholders in the built environment.