The principles of sustainable architectural design.

We are in a climate emergency!

Our world is in a period of extreme change.

The action of humans has caused warming of the places we live and is changing the way we live and design buildings. Architecture needs to evolve with the challenge to reduce the impact we have on our planet. There is no planet B.


Tailored Architecture is committed to being that change. Using low-energy design, repurposing of existing buildings, innovative construction methods, and low environmental impact materials we craft responsible buildings. We are also environmentally conscious of our business carbon footprint.

Whole life-cycle energy targets & strategies.

Tailored Archiecture recognises the importance of low-energy homes and uses a whole lifecycle strategy to ensure reductions in emissions in both the design and construction process, in use, and deconstruction.

There have been a lot of discussions in recent years of energy reduction however the picture of true reductions is a much broader holistic approach. Upfront carbon is as important as carbon expenditure in use.

Embodied carbon

All emissions expended, from cradle to grave, in the production of products and processes within the construction of a building.  This includes all surface finishes, fixtures and fittings.

Operational carbon

All emissions expended during the lifetime of any constructed building. Including energy used by occupants, building operations energy, and replacement of systems.

Our commitment is enforced as in addition to the UK Building regulations we use more stringent energy targets and strategies in both operational and embodied carbon to achieve the environmentally lightest touch building possible.

We are developing strategies to follow the guidance below to achieve your project’s aims and sustainability goals.

RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge. 


 LETI climate design guidance

Passivhaus design principles

Six key principles of low-energy design.

Sustainability is the bedrock of Tailored Architecture’s design, construction, and development process.


We adopted these five principles, derived from PassiveHaus, in every project we undertake to provide you with the most energy efficient and light tough environmental building possible.

Building form

Building form is always derived directly from the site context, with considerations taken to minimise the overall surface area of the thermal envelope. A dense and efficient form and massing reduces the heat loss minimising the required heat demand and emissions.

Solar access

Solar gains are considered to maximise the winter warmth available reducing overall heat demand. Careful design of window openings and potential solar shading in the form of sliding screens and horizontal canopies will be deployed to reduce risks of overheating in summer. Natural ventilation will be use for summer time cooling avoiding the use of mechanical comfort cooling.

Fabric first

All buildings are designed with enhanced building fabric to lower the required heating demand, also coupled with airtightness to further reduce heat losses. This allows for a smaller heating plant to be installed reducing overall emissions.

Embodied carbon

Materials and construction methods where possible will be chosen to limit their embodied carbon emissions.

Low carbon heating systems and renewable technologies

Enhanced building fabric and careful inclusion of controlled solar access allows for the installation and operation of an low-carbon heating systems for example heat-pumps. This will reduce the overall heating impact of the proposed dwelling. Battery storage is to be considered to provide electrical storage reducing the impact of peak energy use.

Deconstruction and re-use

Consideration of the materials and construction methods used to allow for deconstruction and reuse in their current form. Reducing the disposal element of construction and energy intensive recycling processes.