A sustainable built environment
researches the impact of various construction methods and materials on the environment. It offers consultancy services for healthy, environmentally friendly and sustainable buildings.
Envirology uses building biology principles for their consultancy services. Unlike many other “rating” tools, building biology has been around for a long time and covers all the conventional sustainability tools plus some others. It is a holistic approach to designing sustainable neighbourhoods and healthy buildings.
You are invited to read more about the 30 principles on the Building Biology and Ecology Institute of New Zealand (BBE) website and read a short introduction to it on our website.
Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Defined in: United Nations. Our Common Future. Retrieved from http://conspect.nl/pdf/Our_Common_Future-Brundtland_Report_1987.pdf
We take sustainability not only in an environmental context. We also consider the economic and sociocultural aspects.
We are very much concerned about affordability of buildings as well, particular in the Auckland context. We seek to develop building types and designs that are not only healthy and ecological but also affordable.
We will not design a building that is healthy and sustainable but not affordable. We likewise will not design a building that is affordable but not healthy or sustainable. We will design you a building that is healthy, sustainable and affordable, but it may be smaller than you wished for, to stick to a budget. It will then be modular or easily extendible so once you grew your family or have recovered from bridging rent and mortgage, you can add on to it and make it suit your current needs.
Our work and designs are considered in a wider built environment context to create resilient neighbourhoods that promote amenity and diversity. Connections (social and mobility), transport, work, leisure, safety and cultural identity are important to us.