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Merger of architects forms ‘green’ planners

PROMOTING the benefits of an environmentally friendly and sustainable development is a key strategy behind a new joint venture between two Perth architecture firms.

Cameron Chisholm & Nicol and Baverstock Murphy & Associates have formed Ecotect which hopes to revolutionise thinking on the planning of urban subdivisions in this State through block size, orientation and prevailing conditions.

Already Ecotect has secured its first commission, the production of urban design guidelines for a large 700 lot subdivision in the City of Stirling, following on from Cameron Chisholm & Nicol’s current role in the Scarborough Environs Area Study and Baverstock Murphy’s role in LandCorp’s recent Clarkson subdivision and Mandurah’s Solar Guidelines.

“By introducing considerations about how housing would ultimately relate to block size, orientation and prevailing conditions at the commencement of planning, Ecotect has demonstrated that the marketing potential and value of lots can be increased,” Baverstock Murphy & Associates principal Garry Baverstock said.

The partners also see an enormous potential in Asia in order to combat the current high levels of pollution.

Numerous opportunities exist in Asia to recycle existing buildings and to introduce energy efficiency while upgrading visual appeal,” Mr Baverstock said.

“High reductions in greenhouse gas emissions can be achieved by recycling massive concrete structures especially in places like Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia where the buildings themselves have become inefficient, ugly or out of date, but the concrete is still good.”

Royal Australian Institute of Architects WA president Harry Schubert said he hoped that Ecotect would be the first of a number of such initiatives.

He said that RAIA had taken up the challenge for Australia to lead the way in living up to the Kyoto Protocol.

“The RAIA intends to continue to actively lobby Government at the highest levels to have Environmentally Sustainable Design guidelines incorporated in the Building Code of Australia,” Mr Schubert said.

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