The Architectural Sustainability Platform engages all UNStudio projects from the early phases in order to ensure that the correct choices are made and that the office’s high sustainable standards remain an integral part of the design process. With the emphasis on the architectural, we make sure that our sustainable knowledge and conclusions directly inform our design decisions. This involves both active and passive design tools, which have a recognizable effect on the design of the building, product or urban plan.
The ASP is committed to the promotion and practice of sustainable design. Environmental issues such as economic, social and ecological sustainability are considered from the initial stages of each project both at a global and local level. It is through looking at both financial and social feasibility that the term ‘Attainability’ was coined within the office. Attainability is simply the contraction of the word ‘affordable’ and ‘sustainable’ but it speaks to the inclusive approach embedded within the practice.
The Architectural Sustainability Platform is continually involved in the development of new tools for an improved design process. Together with the application of the many international environmental regulations, including BREEAM (UK, NL), LEED (US), DGNB (DE), Greenmark (SG), QSAS (QA) and Estidama (UAE) and an in-house assessment toolkit, new sustainable assets are created.
ASP Coordinator: Milena Stopic
Frans van Vuure
Jacques van Wijk