Sustainability

Sustainable, green design principles are a part of every project.

Our goal in every project is to construct buildings that are less wasteful and more environmentally sound.  Sustainable design requires energy efficiency, resource conservation, and good indoor air quality. Pardini Hall Architecture uses an initial site analysis to understand the environmental implications of the location so that the orientation and geometry of the building can take advantage of solar energy while protecting itself from undesirable sun, wind, and weather.

PHA works closely with energy consultants and contractors so that details critical to the building envelope are designed correctly, ensuring the building will be efficient in its use of energy and resources. The design of the mechanical system and the selection of finishes and materials are important considerations for providing healthy indoor air quality. The ultimate goal is to achieve a green home that has less impact on the environment and is healthy for the occupants. PHA supports local sustainability practices, including the environmental impact of our own business operations.

As part of Architects Declare, PHA understands the global impact the building industry has on the environment and hopes to instill in its clients a better understanding of energy and resource efficient design.

We will seek to

  • Raise awareness of the climate and biodiversity emergencies and the urgent need for action amongst our clients and supply chains.
  • Advocate for faster change in our industry towards regenerative design practices and a higher Governmental funding priority to support this.
  • Establish climate and biodiversity mitigation principles as the key measure of our industry’s success: demonstrated through awards, prizes and listings.
  • Share knowledge and research to that end on an open source basis.
  • Evaluate all new projects against the aspiration to contribute positively to mitigating climate breakdown, and encourage our clients to adopt this approach.
  • Upgrade existing buildings for extended use as a more carbon efficient alternative to demolition and new build whenever there is a viable choice.
  • Include life cycle costing, whole life carbon modelling and post occupancy evaluation as part of our basic scope of work, to reduce both embodied and operational resource use.
  • Adopt more regenerative design principles in our studios, with the aim of designing architecture and urbanism that goes beyond the standard of net zero carbon in use.
  • Collaborate with engineers, contractors and clients to further reduce construction waste.
  • Accelerate the shift to low embodied carbon materials in all our work.
  • Minimise wasteful use of resources in architecture and urban planning, both in quantum and in detail.