From our architectural design and interiors to the homeware brands we sell, we value sustainability highly.
Minimising our impact on the environment and maximising the implementation of sustainable initiatives by creating high quality and environmentally friendly buildings is very dear to our heart.
Over the past decade, the phrase ‘sustainable design’ has become an increasingly familiar refrain in our lives. We all know by now that it’s absolutely not enough to simply bring a a canvas tote bag to the supermarket anymore. To begin with, it just seemed like a really good idea; something we should all be supporting in whatever ways we can. But now it is becoming increasingly urgent. The recently released Global Assessment report by respected UN research body IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services), which combines the findings of nearly 15,000 international studies, reveals that time is running out to save the plants, animals and insects that support human life on Earth. Unless we change our lifestyles (and quickly), some unpleasant shocks lie ahead.
Within the short space of just a few months, a previously unknown virus has awakened us to the basic fact that we are more vulnerable, smaller and more fragile than we thought. It has made us aware of the fact that there is a close link between people’s health and the health of the environment. This experience, unprecendeted on such a scale in modern times, has made us evaluate what is ‘good’ in our lives and realise that rather than the pursuit of money & status, we as consumers are collectively beginning to seek balance and simplicity, along with greater connection to family, community and the environment as foundations of a life well lived. Our world has narrowed as we have been locked down, our horizons shortened but our focus has been sharpened to what really matters; the immediate world around us, the quality of what we procure and the spaces we live within. The fragility of life is impossible to ignore and making the world a better place for our children is paramount.
From our architectural design and build practice through to the homeware brands we sell, these are values that we hold very dear here at The English Listed. As an organisation, we aim to minimise our impact on the environment and maximise the implementation of sustainable initiatives wherever possible by creating sustainable, high quality and environmentally friendly buildings. Whether it be the restoration of a period home or a new build property, you can be assured that we have considered this.
Our Architectural Design and build
We encourage our clients to opt for low carbon heat technology as much as possible, such as ground and air source heat pumps and we ensure the specifications of our buildings place emphasis on excellent insulation and U-values. We’re also increasingly fitting electric car chargers.
Using natural materials is at the heart of every project we do, from using timber, the most sustainable material on the planet wherever possible in a design to ecologically-sound paints, that are made in the UK and which carry the industry’s lowest eco-rating, with VOC content now virtually zero. This means you don’t need to worry about solvent contributions to the atmosphere or any respiratory issues, or the smell; they are virtually odourless and oil based paints that have been formulated using sustainable vegetable oils, without compromising on their unrivalled quality. Our joinery workshop uses accoya where possible for th eproduction of our windows, the timber industry benchmark for performance and sustainability; sustainably sourced with FSC® certification and with minimal environmental impact throughout its entire life. Wherever possible, we will seek to use construction materials that have been recycled such as insulation. Where relevant, we encourage clients to plant – and are currently working on several projects where planting is at the heart of the design.
In terms of our own practice and policies, we are investing in a fleet of company electric vehicles as well as encouraging our team to cycle to work. Sawdust from our joinery workshop is re-used as bio-mass fuel to avoid unnecessary wastage and we ensure that our building sites are efficient in their recycling.
Brands we value
In this globalised and complex world, we want to keep things simple and local! From smaller craft brands which have had an ethical mission statement from the start and innovative collectives trying to change the world as and when they can, to some of our more established suppliers who are moving forward with eco-friendly ranges, we have lots of excellent initiatives when it comes to furnishing your home.