As one of the AJ100's top ten sustainable practices, environmental design is high on our agenda. This is facilitated by architects skilled in this area - including a number of qualified BREEAM assessors.
We actively promote these issues with the Government, with clients, and in the press. For instance, we have had representatives on three steering groups at the Building Research Establishment (BRE) Centre for Sustainable Construction, A Sustainability Checklist for Developments, The NHS Environmental Assessment Tool (NEAT) and more recently, its replacement: BREEAM Healthcare, which was published in 2008.
We now have staff trained in BREEAM Healthcare, Education, Higher Education and BREEAM International.
We have signed up to the Designing out Waste and WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) – Halving Waste to Landfill commitment which notes:
“We commit to playing our part in halving the amount of construction, demolition and excavation waste going to landfill by 2012. We will work to adopt and implement standards for good practice in reducing waste, recycling more, and increasing the use of recycled and recovered material.”
See www.wrap.org.uk/designingoutwaste for information.
Seven of the talks from our 2007 Sustainability Conference are available to view online.