Climate change is putting pressure on the construction industry to adopt a more holistic approach to sustainable building design. Even though sustainability has always been part of Edgingtons’ culture, we continually review our processes and evolve our sustainability goals. We work closely with our Clients to minimise the environmental impact of our projects – this we do by establishing clear targets from the outset and regular reviews.
Edgingtons are committed to promoting sustainable developments that aspire to BREEAM standards, with strategies and frameworks customised for each client and project. Vicky Kolliopoulou is our Sustainability Lead and is actively involved in ensuring that sustainable solutions are integrated into our projects from the early stages of the design process.
To create buildings and developments with low environmental impact, we follow a “fabric-first” approach, which is considered to be the most effective way to improve the energy efficiency of a building. Maximising the performance of the building fabric, i.e., walls, floors, windows, roofs, glazing, we limit the reliance on mechanical and electrical building services systems. Healthy, local materials with low embodied energy are selected, where possible, to limit CO2 emissions during the construction process.
The wellbeing of those who live, work, learn and socialise in our buildings is paramount. Our aim is to create healthy, sustainable and high-quality spaces in which people can flourish. Edgingtons have always been community focussed and we work with our Clients and the wider community to ensure that our buildings contribute to social wellbeing.
Vicky Kolliopoulou has recently been certified as WELL AP (Accredited Professional), the new, leading credential signifying advanced knowledge of health and wellbeing in the built environment and specialisation in the WELL Building Standard TM (WELL).
The WELL Building Standard is the first building standard to focus exclusively on the health and wellness of the people in buildings. WELL is an evidence and performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features that impact human health and well-being in the built environment, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. Edgingtons intend to continue to support the WELL initiative and support our staff as they seek accreditation.
In order to meet the climate change targets, we must act to decarbonize the building industry. Edgingtons have signed the declaration “Architects Declare” committing to address the climate and biodiversity emergency having a positive impact on our planet. We have also started our journey towards becoming a carbon neutral business. We have made an annual commitment via measuring our emissions and setting reduction targets that will enable us to become carbon neutral by 2025.