Demolition Objectives

  • Consider the extent to which existing structures can be retained by minimising new structure loading on existing foundations
  • Consider the extent to which existing materials can be repurposed / recycled – cladding, M & E internal finishes, fixtures and fittings
  • Facilitate the re-use of redundant products from existing buildings through reuse sharing platforms such as Globechain

Materials Selection Objectives

  • Design to minimise natural resources extraction by specifying natural and renewable products and materials
  • Maximise every opportunity to incorporate natural, autochthonous vegetation
  • Incorporate modular component solutions to the extent possible
  • Minimise to the extent possible the impacts of transportation of materials by sourcing locally wherever feasible
  • During construction, consider how reverse logistics can cut the numbers of journeys by encouraging coordination between suppliers

Flexibility Objectives

  • Design in-built flexibility to accommodate future changes in end user requirements without major interventions
  • Encourage the sharing of spaces within our buildings for multiple users. 
  • Consider the possibility to incorporate a Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicle charging station within the development.
  • Facilitate the use of shared infrastructure assets (car sharing, e-bikes, bike sharing, etc.)
  • Consider how the building can be utilised over a 24 hour cycle

Systems Objectives

  • Design our Structures and Systems to consume energy as efficiently as possible 
  • Design the Building Services so as to maximise to the extent possible the use of renewable energy
  • To the extent possible, self generate electricity through solar / wind / biomass sources that can feed back into the energy grid at times of peak generation and / or low user demand
  • Reuse rainwater where possible
  • Minimise / attenuate stormwater runoff
  • Design the Building Services so as to facilitate end user interface with the Building Management System to allow employees to check for themselves the energy performance of the building
  • The design of the building should facilitate video conferencing to the extent possible

Life Cycle Objectives

  • Design the Structures and Building Services so that materials are maintained at their optimum efficiency throughout their life cycle
  • Adopt a ‘Design in Layers’ approach that will allow future replacement of individual components with minimal impact on the remainder of the building and its systems
  • Define the design life cycles of the materials used within our buildings and where appropriate opt for extended lifespans
  • Consider the leasing of building elements such as lighting or façade systems, incentivising suppliers to promote maximum efficiency of these elements 
  • Incorporate materials and products in the building that facilitate the recovery and reuse / recycling of valuable components at the end of their useful life
  • Facilitate the building users to recycle as much waste as possible 
  • Facilitate remote monitoring and maintenance of the systems in the building to reduce maintenance visits

Location & Transportation Objectives

  • Prioritise high-density city central areas with existing infrastructure and extensive public transport links for our chosen sites 
  • limit onsite parking capacity to disincentivize driving into the city
  • facilitate the use of Electric Vehicles, double down on changing facilities and bike storage to make walking, running, cycling, green EVs or public transport the preferred transport choice for commuters in the building.

Sustainable Site Objectives

  • Sustainability considerations will be central to our decision making process  when screening potential new Development opportunities
  • Each Development Brief will have a dedicated Sustainability section which will consider each of the ReSOLVE framework headings and give clear direction on how each of these areas is to be addressed by the Consultant team
  • The process for the selection of the Consultant team for each Development will include a review of the Consultant’s sustainability credentials, with only those Architects and Engineers that demonstrate a firm commitment to our Sustainable Development vision being considered for appointment.
  • Likewise selection criteria for contractors will place significant emphasis on the candidate’s sustainability track record. Incentives for excellent sustainability performance will be considered in construction contracts
  • Asset Managers will be selected and remunerated based on ongoing performance against Sustainability targets.