What is a sustainable building? The first thing that strikes most people is that it should be environmentally friendly. This means that we think about how buildings function in their local environment and what impact a building has on the global environment. But it is not only the environment that we need to consider in order to create sustainable architecture. Our ambitious goal is that LINK Arkitektur should meet our generation's needs in a way that does not reduce the opportunities for the next generations. This means that we strive to find the balance between the environment, economic growth and social sustainability in architecture.
Environmentally-friendly architecture: We need to understand how architecture affects the environment. During the planning phase, we analyse how the location, shape and detailed solutions affect energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. When we design space, efficiency and flexibility will always be guiding criteria. We choose materials and structures that throughout their life-time, minimize resource consumption and environmental impact. Arrangements for pedestrians and cyclists and the use of public transport, appreciation of nature, diversity and protection from the wind and weather are also important features of our architecture. By adopting environmental certification tools such as BREEAM, LEED and Miljöbyggnad from the very beginning of the project, we can ensure that the building conforms to a wide range of environmental requirements. We also use several specialist tools to respond to specific requirements, for example in the work with daylight, energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
Economic architecture design entails an understanding for how architecture affects the finances of developers, users and society. We minimize the consumption of resources by focusing on space-efficient and flexible solutions. The development of an area should be able to accommodate an appropriate mix of commercial and residential buildings and opportunities for the maximum level of sustainable economic growth. We often see that the most environmentally friendly choices in a project are also the most economical in both the short and long term. Last but not least, we design robust solutions that can withstand years of use and future climate with the minimum possible operating and maintenance costs.
Social architectural design involves understanding how architecture affects people. We create good, safe spaces for people to meet. We arrange for diversity and accessibility. We design spaces with good lighting, visibility, acoustics, comfortable temperature and fresh air. We create spaces that stimulate the senses and evoke emotions. We listen to builders, developers, authorities, users and partners and we take the results of our discussions with us into every project.
There are endless possibilities to improve projects from a climate, economic and social perspective. Our job is to identify as many of these opportunities as possible.