It is fashionable these days – in the UK at least – to rubbish green building standards and moan that LEED and BREEAM® are stifling good design. But is all the carping an indication that environmental sustainability is finally...
I joined Arup in 2006 and have developed a small team dedicated to using formal environmental assessments as a tool for making buildings as sustainable and resource efficient as possible. Whether it’s London’s newest high rise or refurbishment of a 1960s block, there are ways to make buildings greener, leaner and better for those who are going to occupy it.
My MSc thesis was an investigation into the computer models used to develop energy efficient housing. I concluded that variations in user behaviour have a far greater impact than we currently acknowledge and reflect in these tools.
In an earlier incarnation I worked in the world of bicycles – building and repairing them and making sure customers rode away on something that worked for them. It’s the same with a building, just more complicated.