In 2020, the UN declared a climate emergency.
With a controlled carbon footprint, reduced energy consumption during fabrication, construction and use, the goal of creating spaces with minimal impact is not a utopia; SMC2 strive to make this aspiration a tangible reality. We choose low carbon materials with minimal embodied energy.
Our buildings make use of renewable energy and IT resources in ways that respect the principles of a sharing economy.
Elegant and sensitive materials that connect us with nature, biomaterials serve as carbon sinks that use the sun’s energy to produce renewable and sustainably available materials for construction. The energy required for their transformation is low thus helping to reduce the environmental footprint of those structures that make the fullest use of them.
COMBAT GLOBAL WARMING
Unlike other structural materials, wood is one of the only building materials which stores CO2 through the process of photosynthesis during its growth phase.
In the interest of sustainability, we minimise the material density used for our buildings while maintaining maximum functionality. Lightweight composite membrane materials require little energy during their production and installation yet deliver in terms of their mechanical, thermal and aesthetic performance.
LESS IS MORE
Tensile textile membranes allow for the creation of volume using a minimal amount of material and energy. They offer shelter from inclement weather and have a low environmental impact.
|When comparing the Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) of textile membranes and metal or metal composite roofs, we find the following orders of magnitude:
Value in kilos of CO2 equivalent to m2 of covering
We believe in the sharing economy and strive to optimise the goods and services that we offer by incorporating innovative IT tools and digitally accessible and disseminatable solutions in the delivery and operation of our buildings. The carbon energy footprint of a structure can be minimised on a per user basis if it provides integrated multi-use functionality that can serve the greatest number of people.
We integrate renewable green energies into our structures so that they are passive; they help play their role in decarbonising our economy. We minimise the energy necessary for the operation of our buildings with natural daylighting and hygrothermal control.