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In this episode of our Built Environment Matters podcast, our host, Jaimie Johnston MBE, Head of Global Systems, is joined by Pablo Gugel, Head of Sustainability, to discuss the integration of modern methods of construction with sustainable design.

Jaimie and Pablo explore how interdisciplinary collaboration and advanced technologies are driving significant advancements in sustainable building.

Click the 'play button' above to listen in, or read our 5 Key Takeaways from this episode below...

1. Interdisciplinary Collaboration Enhances Sustainability

Pablo highlighted the unique advantage at Bryden Wood, where architects, engineers, and sustainability experts work under one roof. This setup facilitates a more integrated design process, allowing for seamless collaboration and innovation, especially in sustainability efforts.

2. Role of Modern Methods of Construction in Sustainability

The conversation emphasized the critical link between modern methods of construction (MMC), such as Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA), and sustainability. These approaches can significantly contribute to reducing the carbon footprint of buildings through more efficient designs and sustainable materials.

3. Passivhaus as a Sustainability Benchmark: 

Pablo highlighted Passivhaus as a rigorous standard for energy efficiency in a building, reducing its ecological footprint. It represents a robust model for achieving extreme energy efficiency and comfort via airtight building envelopes, high-performance windows, and ventilation with heat recovery.

4. Importance of Early Integration of Sustainability

Pablo stressed the necessity of embedding sustainability discussions early in the design process to ensure these principles are deeply rooted in the project. By doing so, teams can leverage collaborative workshops and iterative processes to refine sustainability goals continually.

5. Data-Driven and Science-Based Approaches

The discussion underscored the importance of a data-driven approach in the field of sustainable design and construction. By utilizing advanced simulations and analytics, teams at Bryden Wood can optimize designs to achieve higher sustainability standards, ultimately contributing to the broader goal of reducing the industry’s carbon footprint.


These insights provide a deeper understanding of how we are integrating sustainability into our projects and the importance of DfMA and interdisciplinary collaboration in driving these initiatives.