As a design led practice, we recognise the leading role of Architects in reducing human impacts on the natural environment caused by the building industry. Edwards White Architects are committed to implementing sustainable design principles to minimise the environmental impact of our buildings. A commitment to passive environmental design has been integral to the design philosophy of the practice for many years, and is entirely compatible with our aim to produce high quality, comfortable and appropriate buildings, spaces and objects.
All projects are carefully planned and detailed with regard to building orientation, solar access, daylighting, insulation levels, thermal mass and shading. Natural ventilation is integrated wherever possible to achieve controlled passive ventilation, creating healthy indoor environments and providing natural cooling. We also actively explore ways to increase the energy efficiency of our buildings through careful selection of lighting, space heating, appliances and by specifying photovoltaics and/or solar water heating where appropriate.
Selection of materials and the design of building elements are assessed for life cycle costing, embodied energy, sustainable sources and minimisation of waste. We also consider products that can be recycled, are non-toxic and where possible we aim to specify products that are locally sourced.
We are committed to the ongoing education of our staff, clients, fellow professionals and contractors about the opportunities available for improved environmental performance of our buildings and our workplace.