Ashleigh Clarke Architects

Sustainability – Green architecture that doesn’t cost the Earth 


Posted: April, 2021

Author: Lisa Hoye

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“Sustainable residential architecture is an increasingly important topic. We reduce the environmental impact of a new build through the entire process until the client walks through the door.” – Ashleigh Clarke, Founder and Architect 


At our studio, we like to think of ourselves as sustainable architects, minimising the negative environmental impact of buildings by efficiency and moderation in the use of materials, waste and energy resources. The energy required to construct and run our buildings is responsible for 40% of the Earth’s carbon emissions. In the UK, it’s closer to 50%. As architects, we have a responsibility to design eco-friendly buildings that enable people to live sustainably and make the best use of resources. That includes light, heating and water, as well as the actual materials we use. 


We believe in sustainability throughout the architectural process – from how we recycle at our architectural studio, drinking Fair Trade coffee and using environmentally-friendly material, right down to how we operate on site during construction to minimise our environmental impact. There are considerations of social and environmental sustainability from start to finish. 


We use natural materials where possible, especially when renovating or extending Grade II or listed buildings. Using local Cotswolds stone, for example, creates synergy with the surrounding buildings and the environment. The Cotswolds landscape commands respectful, sympathetic architecture. Designs that fuse contemporary modern architecture with existing traditional structures are often described as brave or innovative. For us, it is as important that they are environmentally friendly. 


Our aim is to design homes that look at home with their environment.

Author: Lisa Hoye

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