Local architect Dominic Manning gave a well-attended talk on sustainable architecture to the Rother Environmental Group (REG) at The George on Tuesday 27 March 2018
Dominic said that buildings are resource intensive, using up significant amounts of energy, water, materials and land, both in the construction and in the day to day use. In particular there is a need to stabilise and reduce fossil fuel emissions, make them proportionate to the population and contract them down to 20% of current emissions by 2080 to limit the increase in global temperature.
Sustainable architecture can help by minimizing the negative environmental impact of buildings through efficiency and moderation in the use of materials, energy, development space and the ecosystem at large. Amongst the most important considerations for the architect are the envelope, the cross section and the orientation of the building. If these are correctly considered at the design stage, many of the issues about daylight, energy and ventilation can be successfully addressed.
Dominic then gave working examples from architects Feilden Clegg Bradley, as well as Bill Dunster of ZED Factory. The talk was followed by a lively Q&A session.
The next REG event will be on Wednesday 25th April, 10am-12pm. This will be a guided tour of Brede High Woods at bluebell time with David Bonsall of the Woodland Trust. Booking is essential, please contact Stephen Clift at firstname.lastname@example.org