FCBStudios encourage whole-life carbon and cost modelling alongside the inclusion of operational (soft landings) methodologies into the design process from the start of project briefing to post-occupancy support through the first years of operation.
Through working with suppliers and contractors we can understand their pressures, designing solutions that reduce their burden. For example, we aim to reduce the production of waste in component manufacture and on site by designing systems to fully use standard material component sizes. We specify products that are VOC-free, significantly reducing the potential environmental damage from waste that has been improperly disposed of.
For us buildings are not just a single point in time, and we consider the ongoing maintenance and end-of-life of our buildings. Through careful selection of components, we can simplify any future waste streams, enabling materials to be split out into constituent materials so that they can be effectively recycled.
Taking this further, we are looking to systems that will have value at the end of their life, minimising any waste streams that may occur as the building ages.