|At Angus Meek Architects, we recognise that earth’s resources are limited and accept that the construction industry is one of the biggest pollutants. We therefore strive to minimise our impact on the environment at every stage of the design process.|
AMA Office Objectives
• to promote ‘green’ thinking among our employees and to encourage each other to consider the environment wherever possible.
• to encourage staff to commute by cycle, public transport and car sharing.
• to work responsibly, with an appreciation for the resources we use.
• to dispose of unavoidable waste responsibly.
• to purchase environmentally and ethically responsible products and equipment where possible (including low
energy light fittings) and reduce our reliance on non-recyclable materials.|
• to minimise waste by using the three 'r’s - reduce, reuse, recycle:
- reduce printing (and paper use) by storing documents electronically, and discourage recipients from printing our emails;
- reuse scrap paper for sketches, draft letters and message taking;
- recycle paper, cardboard, plastic bottles and ink toner / cartridges, and recycle unwanted electronic equipment by donating for use by others.
• to encourage communal tea and coffee times to reduce our water, tea and electricity consumption.
• to ensure that all members of staff “switch off before take off” so that no electronic equipment is left on at the end of the working day.|
• to limit the use of the central heating system to the winter months, and again ensure that this is switched of before the end of the working day.
• to publicise our commitment to the environment to our clients and contacts.
• to continue to reduce our carbon footprint and ensure this policy is regularly reviewed and revived.
AMA Design Objectives
• to encourage our clients to consider ‘green’ architecture, environmental design and sustainable technology as an integrated and essential element of their project.
• to analyse sites effectively in order to develop designs that make best use of solar orientation, wind, natural landscape and local context.|
• to endeavour to only retain or enhance the biodiversity on site.
• to minimise transportation through the specification where possible of locally sourced materials, equipment and workforce.
• to reduce on-site waste through the efficient use of materials, the standardisation of components and by specifying for ‘whole of life’.
• to produce socially responsible architecture by seeking local community views.
Peter Wood RIBA, Director