"Sustainability goes far beyond carbon emissions. It is about changing mindsets and behaviours. It requires an integrated and collaborative approach to design, operation and management from all stakeholders. Collective ambition is critical, and our aim is to drive this through effective advocacy, analysis and thought-leadership."
Philip Gray, Head of Sustainability.
The delivery of a holistic sustainable design sits at the centre of BDP's design philosophy. Sustainable outcomes are fundamental to our overarching approach to delivering Places for People and our aim is to deliver environmentally, socially and economically progressive places, focused on maximising the health, wellbeing, happiness and productivity of the people who use them.
With our in house sustainability and design expertise we work closely with clients to identify sustainability drivers and establish sustainability policies, objectives and targets for proposed developments that respond to the global climate and biodiversity emergency. Considering all impacts of a project at the outset, and maintaining scrutiny throughout enables us to maximise the positive impact development can deliver. The delivery of a sustainable building will not necessarily deliver a sustainable development. How the building is operated by its users, within its context and the implications for resource use associated with transport, water and waste management, for example, is crucial.
In addition, our holistic understanding of the dependencies and interaction between urban design and the sustainability agenda ensures our proposals are capable of responding to an ever-changing legislative, economic and technological landscape.
We are actively engaged with industry to ensure that we are contributing to the national and global agenda, and that our design approach continues to deliver progressive, practical and financially sound solutions in response to environmental, social and economic challenges.
Our sustainability team offers a wide range of consultancy, assessment, design and management support services. Sitting at the heart of BDP's operation, we are able to utilise skills from across the practice. We possess specialist expertise in life-cycle assessment, circular economy and resource management, energy and carbon consultancy and ecology services and have expertise in developing, implementing and monitoring bespoke development environmental strategies. We also hold licences for all major UK and North American environmental assessment methodologies, including BREEAM, LEED, WELL Standard, fitwel, and SKA assessments.
The sustainability team also manages and monitors BDP's Sustainability Policy and ISO 14001 and 50001 certification, which we have held since 2011 and 2015 respectively.
Head of Sustainability Philip Gray sits on the BDPLab panel, and is responsible for our Shared Value strategy.
A fundamental feature of BDP’s professional services offer is the delivery of sustainable design to facilitate good environmental performance by our clients. This commitment to environmental performance is also integral to our everyday practice within our design studios. Our yearly Environmental Report summarises the performance of our studios during the year against our targets.
We have had a double win at the Women in Construction and Engineering (WICE) awards which celebrate the work of women in the construction and engineering industries.
Sustainability consultant Jon Hall explores quantifying carbon emissions associated with procurement, manufacture, construction, maintenance and demolition.
This week marks the celebration of World Green Building Week - an international campaign that empowers the built environment industry to deliver greener buildings.
Our ecologists sit within our specialist sustainability team. They have been supporting landscape design on projects for over ten years, developing considerable knowledge and expertise across evaluation and valuing tools, including the BREEAM Land Use and Ecology calculators, the Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull Biodiversity Impact Assessment and more recently the Biodiversity Metric 2.0 calculator.
Our sustainability specialists have extensive experience in working collaboratively with architects, building services, structural and civil engineers, and cost consultants to lead on strategic approaches to designing net zero carbon buildings.
Rapidly diminishing natural resources and increasing global consumption means an renewed approach is required to resource management in the built environment with the aim of optimising resource flows in design, construction and operation.
The construction, maintenance and use of buildings generate around a third of carbon emissions globally. Furthermore, the industry is responsible for one half of raw material extraction and a significant amount of replacements and transfers of mass during a product’s life.
BDP has won two of the top awards at this year’s Teambuild. Team R.O.O.T won the Procurement Prize, and Martha Andrews won the Leadership Prize for the most promising individual competitor.