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We believe, as architects, we are responsible for making a positive impact on our environment with everything we create.

Buildings are responsible for over 30% of global GHG emissions- the duty of architects has never been more clear. Designing for the future allows us to question each decision we make and qualify its contribution to positively impacting our built environment.
 
We believe that the work we do today shapes the future for ourselves, our children and for future generations.  At our core, we practice Passive House design principles, supported by energy modelling and professional expertise. We're committed to reducing carbon emissions and creating healthy, adaptable buildings that enable our clients and their communities to thrive in a changing world.

Can your project be part of the solution?

Yes. Small decisions made in each project have a large impact when aggregated together. However, there is no 'silver bullet' solution for every project- each site, client, budget and brief is unique.  Early in the design process, we create a framework to meet your project's environmental objectives.  

 

Our process takes a comprehensive and holistic view to designing better buildings, unlocking the potential in each project to be, well,  'better.'

 

4 ways to design a better building:

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Build a Passive House Building.

The Passive House Building Standard is 'performance-based' energy target, designed to optimize occupant health and comfort while responding to increasing global temperature swings.

Passive House Design allows a project to be tailored specifically to its site, climate and client's values- generating a high performance building that heats and cools with the amount of energy it takes to power a hair dryer!

Learn more about why we love this standard.

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Select Low Carbon Materials

Every material comes with a carbon price tag. Taking a proactive approach to reducing and capturing carbon is a critical tool for building a resilient future. 

We take a holistic approach to every project and look for opportunities to reduce the impact of carbon production through the whole lifecycle of the building.

 

Every decision made on a project leaves a carbon trail and even small changes can make a large overall impact. 

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Reduce your Footprint.

A key Fold value is to do more with less, keeping unnecessary waste out of the landfill wherever possible.

We bring a critical eye to each project, assessing the cost and feasibility of retaining existing structures, retrofitting envelopes and reusing construction materials in an effort to reduce waste. 

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Adaptable + Resilient Design

Designing for the future means creating buildings that can respond to a changing climate and adapt to new uses and landscapes with ease. 

We design for the long term, presenting ideas and strategies that solve the needs of today, but can adapt without undue cost to the unknown requirements of a changing climate.

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