Circular Design

As a design studio, Studio Bark’s ethos is defined by sustainable design. In order for the built environment to truly minimise its impact there needs to be careful consideration as to what happens to a building at the end of its useful life, whether that is 60 or 300 years.

Studio Bark have committed to the RIBA 2030 challenge which sets out targets for architecture and design practices to meet net zero (or better) whole life carbon for new and retrofitted buildings by 2030.

In line with Breckland Council’s climate emergency declaration, the proposed development intends to innovate by integrating key principles that are needed for a suitable whole life carbon assessment, whilst integrating the principles of Circular Design – principles which intend to design-out waste and pollution.

With this in mind, the proposed dwelling aims to be a pioneering project with the ambition to set a new standard for ‘climate emergency housing’.

Approach

-Keeping energy consumption low during construction

– Keeping energy consumption low during occupancy
– Designing in solutions to allow material reuse and ease of recycling during end of buildings useful life

Design for Disassembly
A key concept that has been incorporated early on in the design to ensure that when the building comes to the end of its useful life, its components can be easily dismantled and reused or in a worst case separated for reuse or recycling. This approach reduces waste to landfill (which has a large environmental cost) but also prolongs the use of materials for different uses or ease of recycling. Current modern day construction does not take this into account resulting in significant material waste, and subsequent higher footprint.

Material Passports
Detailed log of all the materials used in the building describing how they can be reused or suitably recycled. This document will for part of the ‘Home Handbook’. This can also be seen as a way of benchmarking new development to ensure that they are meeting the Circular Design targets.

Wider Use Aims/ Targets

‘Raising the standards of architecture more generally’ the innovative principles and methodologies used in creating this building aim to be applicable to other developments. Whether this is directly or indirectly it aims to set a benchmark to assist in achieving a built environment that responds to the climate emergency and does not cause harm during construction, use, and at the end of its useful life.