Sustainability

White has a long and proud history of driving sustainability issues in the projects we participate in and we offer a wide range of services. Our strength lies in our holistic view of the planning and building process and, whether your concerns are with the environment, climate impact, corporate social responsibility or financial values, we can manage sustainability issues through establishing your vision, planning, project design and scheduling and on to construction and the management of your asset.

We employed our first environment and energy specialists in 1998 and a decade ago we expanded our expertise to include economic sustainability specialists such as social anthropologists, behavioural scientists, cultural geographers and economists. Today, we can call on the talents of some 40 sustainability experts.

By working in interdisciplinary teams we can ensure a holistic approach to sustainability issues, regardless of whether we are reinforcing our architectural commissions or working directly for the client. We provide strategic sustainability coordination or process management from vision to completed project. We implement studies and analysis of ecosystem services, daylight, energy, climate impact, materials and social aspects and behaviour, as well as conducting citizen dialogues.

Our point of departure is always the UN’s global sustainability goals and we have the breadth of expertise required to navigate the market’s many certification systems. You can learn more about our offer below but we would be delighted to hear from you in person if you would like to discuss how sustainability issues can be managed in your particular project.

Environment and sustainability coordination

Environment and sustainability issues are a key component of every project. Success in driving these issues is dependent on a clear vision and strategic objective, as well as the commitment of all stakeholders. We have a wealth of experience in leading sustainability work throughout the process; from helping you to formulate your vision, goals and implementation strategy to conducting various types of study and leading work through project design, construction and on to managing your asset. We are also experts on the various certification systems on the market

Circular architecture

Successful sustainable development is dependent on society’s transition from a linear to circular mindset in terms of lifestyle, consumption and how we build. We have developed a recycling methodology to create circular projects and help our clients to prioritise the utilisation of existing environments and buildings and to value their social and cultural worth. We have also succeeded in designing and managing a number of interior design projects with recycling levels as high as 95%. By renovating, reusing and recycling existing value, we can contribute to reducing costs and climate impact.

Ecosystem services

Society can meet many major challenges by integrating ecosystem services into planning processes; for example, the consequences of climate change and decreasing biodiversity. Ecosystem services and functions have been demonstrated to be superior to and more cost-effective than corresponding technical solutions. We work systematically to implement ecosystem services from analyses to strong designs and coherent knowledge transfer.

Natural light, energy, climate and digital tools

We develop analyses, calculations and digital tools in order to produce and evaluate various design solutions with consideration for sustainability aspects; for example, to compare facade designs, materials selection or neighbourhoods in order to justify the best proposal. This may be a matter of fulfilling building regulations, assessing certification systems or customising solutions for spearhead projects.

Our services include daylight and sunlight simulations, energy calculations, wind analysis, thermal comfort and microclimates, photovoltaics design, lifecycle analysis and climate-impact calculations.

Climate neutrality

While we always aim to contribute to ensuring that projects have the lowest possible climate impact, White’s overarching goal is to create climate-neutral projects. This is achieved by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from materials and energy and balancing with renewable energy or carbon sinks. We work systematically in an iterative process. By establishing a climate budget, we successively evaluate various alternative designs, choices of materials and technical systems. We can use urban planning to meet people’s needs in a manner that encourages a sustainable lifestyle. Read more here.

Dialogue and site analysis

We conduct ethnographic fieldwork in order to gather knowledge of the locality and the people who live and work there. We make observations and conduct workshops, focus groups, interviews and neighbourhood watch activities. This qualitative material is then placed in relation to statistics and relevant research to form the basis for various analyses such as social impact analyses, social value accounting and child impact analyses. We always emphasise a norm-critical perspective and the relationship between social and spatial structures. We also offer methodological support for citizen dialogues and value calculations that reveal both financial and social value.

Codesign and placemaking

Involving users in the planning and design process not only provides us with more knowledge, it also reinforces a sense of entitlement and ownership among participants. We therefore work with cocreation through all types of full-scale testing and communal sketching and modelmaking. The process sometimes leads to placemaking activities in which we use temporary architecture to activate sites and test various types of use. The experiences, insights and ideas generated then form the basis for continued work. Our ambition is always that as far as possible the finished result should reflect the proposals developed.

Process management and social sustainability

In order to ensure a socially sustainable result, we work with process management in which social perspectives are emphasised, coordinated with other quality and sustainability issues and integrated into the whole. In close dialogue with the client, we formulate a vision, goals and strategy, coordinate various initiatives, plan for implementivity and monitor and analyse goal impact in the various stages of the process. We also perform economic evaluations in relation to social and ecological values.

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