Churchwood Gardens, Sustainability in Design, Residential Architecture, Forest Hill, London

Sustainability is not an option. For built assets, it should not be treated as an add-on. Sustainable buildings, created using a sustainable construction process, form an essential part of our path into the future.

Our lean design and engineering approach integrates sustainability from the earliest stages to achieve long-lasting and cost-effective benefits. This truly represents Design to Value.

The application of lean design to sustainable buildings

Bryden Wood are committed to designing and building energy efficient and sustainable buildings.  The Building Physics and Sustainability Team does just that by using analytical modelling techniques to improve and refine buildings’ performance. Our goal is to fine tune the building orientation, fabric and façade design in order to minimise the amount of intervention required by Mechanical and Electrical Engineering systems.  This application of lean design is, in our view, essential to the provision of truly sustainable buildings and our Design to Value approach.

Responding to our clients’ values: BREEAM, WELL and low carbon design

Our sustainability team embeds all aspects of sustainable design into the Design to Value process to enable the buildings to respond directly to the client’s sustainability drivers.  By listening to the client’s requirements we suggest and implement the most appropriate certification scheme, such as BREEAM or WELL. We can also hand-pick the most fitting parts of the schemes and form a bespoke brief best suited to the client’s drivers.

Our approach to sustainability includes considering many aspects of a project from the earliest concept design, including:

  • Sustainability certification schemes
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Whole life carbon
  • Use of Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA)
  • Energy demand reduction
  • Biodiversity net gain
  • Improvement of air quality
  • Reduction of water consumption


Early engagement for whole-life benefit and a more sustainable future

Bryden Wood’s cradle-to-grave approach ensures that design decisions are considered across the lifecycle of the asset, helping to create a more sustainable future.  Embodied carbon is often considered to be of less importance than operational carbon but as operational carbon reduces with the efficient design of buildings and decarbonisation of the national electricity grid then embodied carbon becomes more important.

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By setting targets for carbon reduction at the outset of a project (by RIBA Stage 2 where possible) it encourages the most impactful elements to be reduced as a priority and makes a meaningful reduction in a project’s emissions across the whole lifecycle of a project. 

Bryden Wood applies the principles and practice of Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA).  By manufacturing offsite the construction impacts will be reduced including:

  • Reduced quantity of materials resulting in lower whole life carbon
  • Improvement in local air quality due to reduce site installation
  • Reduced number of traffic movements improving air quality and fewer traffic accidents
  • Reduced production of on-site waste due to reduced quantity of wasteful package in materials delivered to site and more accurate measurement of materials.


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