The concept of Sustainable Development was born out of the United Nations sponsored Brundtland Commission, whose final report in 1987 defined sustainable development as: development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainability is a holistic approach that considers ecological, social and economic dimensions, recognizing that all these things must be considered in harmony to find lasting prosperity.
Three Pillars Of Sustainability
Sustainable Design Strategies
At Dewson Architects, we thoroughly review all sustainable design strategies, and tailor viable solutions for each of our clients and their buildings. There are many strategies to consider, but most can align with the following essential categories:
Heritage restoration, design for adaptive reuse, design for future accessibility, design for century lifecycle, low site impact
Low energy demand, geothermal/aquathermal, energy recovery, solar PV, wind harvesting, battery storage
Site selection, integration with site, optimized overhangs and shading, stack effect & cross ventilation, thermal mass, high albedo materials
Reused or reclaimed, locally sourced, sustainably harvested, highly durable, low maintenance, recycled content & easily recyclable
Materials with small footprint, materials easily recyclable, fully electric space conditioning, EV charging, reduce gas usage
No VOC finishes, HEPA/UV air filtration, even/stable temperature gradients, humidity control, biophilic design
Highly airtight, no thermal bridging, continuous exterior insulation, hygrothermal analysis, advanced moisture control, high performance fenestration
Low flow fixtures, drought tolerant plants, site drainage management, rainwater harvesting, greywater reuse, permeable pavings
Dewson Architects believes that lowering our carbon footprint should be at the core of our design decisions, and we strive for our buildings to reach Net-Zero carbon. Carbon emissions represent the true climatic impact of buildings. The construction and operation of our buildings accounts for a large portion of our overall carbon footprint.