Sustainability Policy Aims
Keith Williams Architects’ sustainability objectives aim to ensure that our building designs are holistically environmentally sustainable in their conception and implementation. The considerations of climate change are setting the agenda for much of way we live our lives and will do so in the future. We fully embrace the urgency of climate change issues and design and build with future generations in mind, working to address the genuine need to find solutions to the challenges the world now faces.
Together, building and construction are responsible for 39% of all carbon emissions in the world (World Green Building Council). The pressing need to reduce carbon usage is defining how our cities will be made in the future including the contribution that each building makes to this aim. This is a key driver for change in the design of the built environment.
UK Architects Declare, to which we subscribe, along with LETI, a network of over 1000 built environment professionals, and others, are working to put the UK on the path to a net zero carbon future. The RIBA have also issued guidance to set a practical agenda for best practice within the profession.
KWA embrace all of these initiatives.
We have for more than 20 years, considered low energy principles as a fundamental element in the conception of all our buildings. We are convinced that in architectural and building terms, the most sustainable building is one that is beautiful, well designed, integrates low energy use and sustainable construction at the heart of its conception, is suitable for its purpose, is capable of simple adaptation/ expansion and is well built. Thus it will not be redeveloped for many decades to come making the best use of embedded carbon resources.
Through the implementation of this policy and these initiatives, Keith Williams Architects seeks to lead the way in the design and delivery of a low carbon architecture as standard, which we see as a necessary response to the Climate Change emergency.
Working closely with our clients, we hope to contribute as much as we can to the target of reaching net-zero global emissions by 2050 or earlier.
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