simple minds wrote:well, sort of, sw101 - it is clear that anything over 50% glazed elevations (on south, east and west elevations) can lead to the production of excessive carbon emissions and beyond that considered acceptable within the Governments White Paper on Energy, which is why we have the 'carbon emissions' method in Part L calculations - this is not really sustainable, unless one is slightly more creative with the facade design, such as external shading, ventilated facades and the like. For me, good architecture responds coherently to the environment and should not be an egotistical concept, which is latterly justified by wooly arguments on energy and performance....take the gherkin for example, interesting building, but in no way low energy, nor sustainable, yet the architect continues to use this argument in all press releases on the job!
Easy enough to disprove if you know what materials were used, but the Gherkin hasn't worked well from a financial point of view there is still a lot of it available. Did you incorporate any eco-freindly services into the project? I am also intruiged as to the origin of the project, was it built for an occupier or was it speculatively developed?
What ever about the context (materials and origin) it is a great standalone piece of architecture, no more Amsterdam for one or blokes I know!!!