Designing High Performance Buildings
Doug King can assist project design teams in numerous ways to achieve the objective of high performance, delightful buildings. He approaches sustainability issues collaboratively from the start of a concept design and champions sustainability throughout the design and procurement process.
“All too often sustainability is addressed by bolting technology on to a largely completed design. However, if we question the precepts of building performance early on, sustainability becomes a creative force leading to a far more coherent and legible design.”
These days a master plan is incomplete without energy, water and waste.
Doug King understands the interactions of buildings and people in urban (and wilderness) environments, the flows of energy and resources needed to sustain them and how waste can be recycled for beneficial use. He can help master plan at any scale from a self sufficient island house to a new city.
You think you have a great idea, but you want to test it out with someone.
Doug has collaborated with some of Europe’s leading architects on the concept designs behind some of the leading sustainable building exemplars. He believes that a concept design should arise from a continuous dialogue between architect, engineer and their client.
You know you have a great idea, but you are not sure how to implement it.
From extensive experience of designing high performance buildings using both active and passive approaches, Doug can quickly evaluate and advise on the impacts of plant and distribution, daylight and natural ventilation strategies, thermal mass, novel construction materials and methods and renewable energy systems.
Everyone knows the value of having a fresh view of a problem.
At heart a creative designer, Doug approaches design reviews from the position of augmenting rather than criticising the existing design work. Doug has been involved in design review for many years through South West Design Review, CABE and numerous schools of architecture.
The client wants proof that your brilliant idea will deliver what you say it will.
Doug has developed some of the most innovative low carbon building designs. He has also diagnosed many dysfunctional buildings and systems. He can bring all this experience, and his scientific method, to bear on developing tests and analyses to demonstrate the benefits of a new design approach.