Architects face a new challenge at the beginning of the twenty-first century: how to ensure that the new buildings they design and the existing buildings they refurbish emit dramatically less carbon dioxide than has been common practice in recent decades. Low carbon buildings are designed to produce significantly lower carbon dioxide emissions than others, helping to mitigate climate change. (RIBA, 2009)
Low carbon design requires an holistic approach to energy use in buildings by understanding how and why buildings consume energy. Designers are required to set low to zero carbon targets for the design and performance of buildings by adhering to low carbon design principles.
Two of the many sustainable buildings developed by WSA recently are the Regain and Ty Unnos Buildings in Ebbw Vale, Wales illustrated below.
Regain building, Ebbw Vale, Wales
The building has achieved an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) 'A' rating and a BREEAM Excellent rating.
Ty Unnos building, Ebbw Vale, Wales
The project is a highly adaptable, modular system for low carbon affordable housing.
The Low Carbon Design Project seeks to explore the previous themes in order to propose alternative low carbon design approaches to both; a low-rise and high-rise complex building which includes residential, office and retail spaces.
The objectives of this project are to: