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Our Process

A rigorous methodology

Our Net Zero Carbon fit-out design process was developed with British Land, Lendlease, VINCI Facilities, TP Bennett and the Carbon Trust, integrating best practices across the eight RIBA design and development stages. The process sets and meets carbon budgets – without compromising on aesthetics, performance or budgets.

Tackling carbon emissions head-on

70% of a non-domestic building’s lifetime carbon emissions are embodied[1]. Using the Circular Economy reduces these emissions by 80%.

Unlike most design firms, we start by assessing what is available:

  • Existing rooms, kitchens, services, AV/IT and FF&E – in consultation with the landlord and previous tenant and landlord to reduce dilapidations and reduce build time
  • FF&E being cleared from other offices
  • Partners’ stocks of second life flooring, walling, ceilings, electrics, acoustics, and AV/IT
  • Pioneering sustainable materials made locally from waste materials
  • The most sustainable new solutions that can be remanufactured for multiple lives

To these we apply the restoration, refinishing and remanufacturing techniques developed by Rype over the last 10 years to bring elements back to new condition – saving money and carbon emissions.

The 30% operational emissions are addressed through good design and highly efficient equipment including LED lighting and variable speed drives for HVAC motors.

Benefits of our approach

This ground-breaking approach saves money, reduces build time, and reduces carbon emissions by over 50% immediately and by 90% in subsequent fitouts, per the Science Based Targets initiative’s recommended pathway.

It also adds points for BREEAM, LEED, SKA, WELL and NABERS, which we can help you to achieve.

Design integration

Sustainable solutions are integrated into an attractive, productive design, alongside many other factors important in the post-COVID world:


  • Ergonomics
  • Design for disability
  • Plants for air quality
  • Biophilia


  • Workflows
  • Collaboration
  • Zoning
  • Noise management


  • Technology integration
  • Agile working
  • Space utilisation
  • Capacity optimisation

Design for reuse

  • Style not fashion
  • White glove disassembly
  • Screw not glue
  • Material passporting


We listen, think, and then present options that fit the design at different price points. Sustainability can be complex so our experts guide you through the design and construction stages.

[1] Source: Treloar, GJ. Et al, 1999, Embodied energy analysis of fixtures, fittings and furniture in office buildings, Facilities, Volume 17, Number 11, pp. 403-409 (Accessed on 14 June 2019 at