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Sustainability


THE VISION

We as MoreySmith define our role in contributing to a sustainable future by striving to create spaces for longevity and reciprocity; being mindful in both learning from the past as well as considering the future generations who will follow.

The word Sustainability is more relevant today than ever before, driven by our increasing awareness of the climate crisis and the understanding that humans are responsible for the overconsumption of natural resources and pollution of the natural environment.

However, this increased awareness is putting the word ‘sustainability’ at risk of becoming an overused buzzword that is too often used hazardly.
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THE ISSUE


The construction industry is notorious for its detrimental effect on the planet’s health, with the built environment as a whole contributing to around 42% of the UK’s total carbon footprint. We recognise that there is urgent need for significant improvement within the industry and meaningful action that goes beyond environmental jargon.

THE APPROACH


We know that it is near impossible to become completely sustainable overnight. The emphasis at MoreySmith is to concentrate on improving key areas one at a time, in a measured and considered way, with the objective of continual refinement and progress towards a sustainable end goal. As experts in refurbishment schemes, we design with permanence and longevity as defining principles. Wherevever possible our approach has always been to evolve and reinvent existing buildings, re-purposing and enhancing them to thoroughly contemporary standards. In a throw-away society, this tactic ensures our schemes retain existing materials and architecture, which is hoped to minimise embodied carbon when compared with constructing a brand-new building.

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At the specification stage of a project, MoreySmith is adept at navigating a crowded marketplace awash with bold claims and ‘environmentally friendly’ credentials. We appraise and analyse the materials and products in the scheme to consider the overall life cycle of the project in terms of its recycled content and, crucially, its recyclability. We strive to take a balanced approach to sustainability, avoiding fads and greenwashing to ensure projects leave a minimal ecological footprint without compromising on design.

CONTINUALLY IMPROVING.

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