The Ethical Aspect versus the Business case of Sustainable Architecture

Shades of Green 2.0 | Live Interview with Enrico Daffonchio
The Ethical Aspect versus the Business case of Sustainable Architecture


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About the talk.

What we are always faced with as architects, engineers, professionals of the built environment, in this very challenging time of global warming and wars over energy, is really the obvious ethical and scientific necessity for the building industry to move towards a more sustainable space. The main hurdle we encounter is always a financial one; “Will it cost more to create a building that is sustainable, and will the developer get a return from it?”

This in turn dovetails into a number of questions because we start by saying there is an absolute cost, how do I reduce it as much as possible, and once I’ve reduced it, the differential between the base building and the sustainable one, how am I going to pay back the differential through savings and operational costs.

So, again this splits up into all of the various types of different technical and planning solutions that yield different answers in time, financial return and difficulty of realisation, initial capital expenditure and so on.

Today we’re going to describe two typical projects, that while being sustainable and winning awards for these achievements, have given a great return to their investors and hopefully we can inspire these conversations to galvanize more developers to this movement –  besides the obvious ethical and scientific reasons for it, besides the immense return for society, there is the selfish return for the developer.

About Enrico Daffonchio

Daffonchio Architects was founded by Enrico Daffonchio, an Italian Architect, in 1996. The firm is based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and is active in Africa and Europe.

Our projects range from product design to entire precinct developments; from luxury homes to sustainable housing in Africa’s booming cities.

The firm’s architectural approach is strongly rooted in Daffonchio’s formative years in northern Italy, where classical architecture coexists with Italian rationalism, and a chemistry of tradition and innovation shapes all aspects of design.

The firm’s work is enriched though extensive travelling, a growing need for, and interest in, sustainable design, and collaborations with contemporary artists. More recently, open source approach and parametric design are giving a powerful new direction to the firm’s work.

We are at the forefront of sustainable architecture in Africa. One of our recent projects, 78 Corlett Drive, was the first Office Development in Africa to be awarded a Green Star v1.1 6 Star Rating in 2018, and also received Green Star Net Zero Carbon accreditation.

The medium scale of the firm ensures that each project is given the personal attention of a highly qualified and experienced Architect from inception to completion, whilst maintaining the capacity required to handle any scale of project.

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