Koru Architects, in line with our core values, seeks to minimise and continuously reduce negative environmental impact to a minimum and promote sustainability.
Environmental Policy Overview
- Reduce to a minimum our use of energy (fossil or renewable)
- Reduce our use of water and make more use of waste water and rainwater
- Alter our pattern of transport use to reduce our contribution of greenhouse gas emissions
- Separate our waste streams, re-use, recycle and compost materials wherever possible
- Only purchase products and use suppliers that meet strict environmental and ethical criteria
- Maintain a healthy working environment for staff and avoid products and finishes that are harmful to health
Koru architects will continuously seek ways to reduce its use of fossil fuels with the objective of ultimately eliminating their use altogether. The office space heating and hot water is provided by a combination of solar thermal panels and a wood pellet biomass boiler. We use most electricity for powering computers and lighting. Electricity produced by a 4kWp roof-integrated solar PV array and any shortfall is supplied by Good Energy on a 100% renewable tariff. However we will seek to reduce our use of electricity to a minimum. We will aim to reduce our CO2 emissions by adopting the following strategies:
- During winter maintain a maximum office temperature of 21ºC
- Ensure all windows are closed when heating is on
- Not heat the office after 18.00 and at weekends
- Give a preference to best of class energy performance when ordering electronic equipment
- Buy only energy efficient computers and TFT monitors
- Ensure all computer equipment is put to ‘sleep’ mode when not in use and turned off at night
Koru Architects will continuously seek ways to reduce its use of water.
We have low flow taps to our wash hand basins and sinks and our dual flush WC’s are supplied from a rainwater harvesting system.
Koru Architects will continuously seek ways to reduce staff travel by road and will promote walking, cycling and rail / bus travel where possible. We aim to restrict our projects and traveling distance to within a 50 mile radius of Brighton. Travel to meet with clients and visit sites within Brighton & Hove will generally be undertaken by cycling or walking. The office has secure cycling parking and the directors make 90% of their local journeys by bicycle. Travel to destinations outside Brighton & Hove is by rail if possible or by road if not. The directors use an efficient diesel-engined car with an average fuel consumption of 50mpg. We will aim to reduce our road vehicle CO2 emissions by 30% in the near future when B30 bio diesel fuel becomes readily available.
Koru Architects will continuously seek ways to reduce our waste production by re-use and recycling. We currently re-use waste paper for rough printing and only recycle paper when both sides have been used. We carefully separate all card, glass, cans, tins and plastic bottles for recycling. Our office benefits from a council curb-side recycling service. End-of-life computer and electrical equipment is given to local charities for re-use.
Koru Architects is committed to promoting good environmental and ethical practice through its purchasing policies. For example, we only buy:
- 100% post-consumer recycled paper for stationery, envelopes and printing
- Organic food, locally grown where possible
- Non-toxic cleaning products, e.g: Ecover
- We bank with the Cooperative Bank
- Our telephone service is provided by the Phone Coop
We make every effort to avoid products which contain any toxic substances and continue to source the most environmentally friendly product when available. We aim to purchase mainly from small local companies where possible and to ensure that our suppliers and service providers have good ethical standards.
Additionally our director is a member of Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and the Soil Association.
Approved for annual review by Mark Pellant, Company Director, January 2016.