Sustainability in Enterprise

Leonard Design is an award-winning architecture practice with a specialist focus on commercial architectural design and consultancy. The practice works with design leaders across five continents to deliver projects across a range of sizes. From master planning for new streetscapes, communities and cities, to architectural and interior design for mixed use town centres and one-off houses. Leonard Design works globally, regionally and locally; always tailoring design to the specific needs of the people, place and environment involved.

According to the World Green Building Council, buildings are currently responsible for 39% of global energy related carbon emissions. 28% comes from operational emissions – the energy needed to heat, cool and power buildings, and 11% from materials and construction – the embodied carbon. In the UK, the built environment is directly responsible for 25% of the total UK carbon footprint, with homes accounting for 16%.

To help tackle the issue, Leonard Design has opted into the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) 2030 Climate Challenge, which aims to achieve net zero carbon for the whole UK building stock by 2050. The practice has also created Leonard GREEN, an internal business group championing sustainability through the practice’s design process. From initial concepts through to detailed design and materials selection.

Now, Leonard Design wants to go even further to champion sustainability. Through NTU’s Sustainability in Enterprise project, the practice has been working closely with a team of student consultants supported by academics with expertise in sustainability and carbon management, to calculate their carbon impact and put an action plan in place to reduce emissions.

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