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Sustainability

What do we mean when we talk about Sustainability?

Sustainability is one of those words which can mean a million different things to a million different people. In the context of Team Green Architects, this term refers to a desire to create something which will stand the test of time.

This affects everything that we do. It is why we believe it is so important that Energy Efficiency is held in equal weight to Architecture. Both have an equal effect and impact on the longevity of building we are designing. If the building is unable to achieve a decent level of comfort today, without hitting the fuel poverty* level, how will it sustain comfort in the future with inevitable rising energy costs? And how can we justify the effect of the C02 emissions on the planet?

If the building is designed without a true functionality and flexibility, how useful will it be in the future? If the building is not designed to be completely of its place, reflecting the site and the context, how relevant will it be for future generations? How will it hold its beauty?

If we do not consider the materials we are using or the amount of water we are using, or the amount of waste we are producing, will the impact of this building be more damaging to the environment than it is uplifting?

We believe we are in a unique position where we have the opportunity to create a built legacy, which stands the test of time, and has fundamentally changed the way buildings are designed and constructed in New Zealand. It is our desire to create Beauty and to Set a New Standard, in order to create a significant difference to the quality of people’s lives. 

* fuel poverty – a situation where it is impossible to create a healthy temperature in a building due to the scale and cost of energy required to heat a space.

What does this mean for you?

You tell us how far you want us to go, and what is important to you. 

If it’s important that your building is rated, we can utilise Passive House, New Zealand Green Build Council (Green Star & Home Star), or Living Building Challenge to create a building which is independently verified to have met a standard. 

How do we do it?

We listen to what is important for you. What does sustainability mean to you? It’s different for us all. There are minimum standards which we design to, as we believe these minimums have a huge benefit at either zero or minimal cost. Much of what we do is about understanding how to build better, and design in a way to achieve the most with no real cost implication. How far you go above the Team Green Architects Minimum, will be your choice and specific to the information we give you in your cost benefit analysis report, where all of this is considered.

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