"The Stone Age did not end because humans ran out of stones. It ended because it was time for a re-think about how we live" William McDonough
What is Sustainable or Green Building?
Building to green or sustainable principles involves the re-evaluation of building technologies and procedures of procurement, not a tabula rasa, but a reorientation, driven by the realisation that the fossil fuel economy has set us onto a path of self destruction as we poison ourselves and destroy the ecosystems of our planet.
In our approach to low energy and low environmental impact buildings we focus first and foremost on the fundamentals of the physical envelope of the building, its orientation and planning, its materials, before investing, where appropriate and affordable, in nascent alternative energy generation. We favour conventional means of user operated and passive environmental control and eschew the use of building control systems that are not intuitive and often high maintenance. Priority should be given to good draught proofing, excellent ventilation and adequate thermal insulation, the use of low embodied energy materials, durable and recyclable and encourage the use of so called 'Cradle to Cradle’ technologies and materials.
RA studio is an accredited Green Register eco-refurbisher.
"If you look at a tree and think of it as a design assignment, it would be like asking you to make something that makes oxygen, sequesters carbon, fixes nitrogen, distills water, provides habitat for hundreds of species, accrues solar energy's fuel, makes complex sugars and food, changes colors with the seasons, creates microclimates, and self-replicates." - William McDonough
"We are on a spaceship; a beautiful one. It took billions of years to develop. We're not going to get another. Now, how do we make this spaceship work? " - R. Buckminster Fuller