Peter Swan Limited is ensuring their involvement in architectural projects brings sustainable business benefits. Their approach is to seek a balance between art and technology, form and function, vision, beauty and purpose.
Constructing and renovating New Zealand buildings pumps out climate pollution equivalent to one million cars on the road every year. The government has a goal of reaching net zero carbon by 2050. And without tackling emissions from the building and construction sector the government will not be able to reach that goal.
The built environment was responsible for about 20 per cent of New Zealand's carbon emissions. About half of that came from the operation of buildings through the use of electricity and fossil fuels for heating, lighting and ventilation and the rest from embodied carbon emitted during the manufacture and construction of a building and its materials.
Peter Swan Ltd says businesses can make use of architectural projects to improve the health and wellbeing of its users, and reduce the negative impact on the environment. In New Zealand the three main greenhouse gas (GHG) emission sources are transport, agriculture and buildings.
Buildings cause GHG emissions in two ways; the embodied carbon from the extraction, manufacture and transport of the materials used, and the ongoing emissions from the energy used by the building. The products that cause the most climate change damage are concrete and steel. They account for an estimated 13 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions globally between them with steel is 5 per cent and cement 8 per cent. Both require huge amounts of fossil fuels and energy to extract, transport and process. Unfortunately carbon dioxide is also a significant by-product of both.
In order to successfully deliver a green project it is essential to look at principles of environmentally sustainable design (ESD), and translate it into the design from the beginning, Peter Swan Ltd believes. ESD focuses on reducing the negative impact on the environment, and the health and comfort of the building occupants, thereby improving building performance. The objective is to reduce consumption of non-renewable resources, minimise waste and create healthy, productive environments.
Peter Swan Ltd is a multidisciplinary lead consultancy company specialising in the design and delivery of processing, chilling, freezing, cold store and material handling projects in the food processing and other process industry. They believe architecture projects can make a difference to the environment by ensuring the building uses less energy, produces less waste, less toxic emission and greenhouse gas. The company believes human beings have had an adverse impact on their environment and we are coming to terms with the significant ecological consequences of their actions.
The company offers a total project management service and integrates the expertise of multidisciplined professionals in all areas of design – design management, procurement, construction and commissioning.