What is Sustainable Design?


When we set out to design a sustainable building, we first need to decide on what the definition of sustainability will be for the proposed project, so that all design decisions can be inkeeping with this definition. Some popular ways in which sustainable buildings are currently being defined as are:

  • Energy Efficient

  • Low Embodied

  • Carbon Neutral

  • Regenerative

  • Ecologically Sensitive

  • Socially Sustainable

  • Economically sustainable

  • High Tech / Low Tech

At the beginning of a project we like to work with clients to establish some sustainable benchmarks for the projects so as the project develops, we can ensure everyone is working towards the same goal

The following pages have been created by Natural Elements to provide a brief introduction to some sustainable design principles.