Low-Carbon Approach

We are signatories of Architects Declare and the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge, and run the practice with a highly responsible approach to the environment and its resources. We are experienced at delivering key accreditations including BREEAM, ActiveScore, WELL CyclingScore, and WiredScore.

We promote low energy strategies at the briefing stage of every project, and work with material re-use and operational efficiency at the centre of every design gateway. We employ thoughtful details to ensure longevity, and design adaptable spaces that are flexible for a variety of future uses. We guide consultants on construction, and employ our own post-occupancy assessments so that we can evaluate lessons learnt. We have an in-house sustainability steering group who develop a sustainability road-map, setting out environmental goals, at the outset of every project that is shared with the client and design team.

With 20 years’ experience of transforming sites and buildings, HUT’s approach to retrofit is based on 6 key principles:

  1. Legacy New interventions should always work in harmony with the original form and function, not in conflict
  2. Re-use Reduce embodied energy by always seeking to repair rather than demolish, by re-using instead of discarding
  3. Accessibility Enable and empower user control of building’s systems to personalise space in an energy efficient way
  4. Well-being Deploy contextual design and use materials that will develop patina and create a sense of belonging
  5. Modification Consider flexibility such that user driven change can be easily accommodated without creating waste
  6. Imagination Take steps now to prepare the building for designers and occupants of an as yet unknown future
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