Research & Writing

We don't just design buildings, we set standards, shape opinion and contribute to books and papers, guidelines and reports. Our work has been in press and it's helped influence government thinking. Our efforts are directed towards making policy more practical and effective, campaigning for quality and fairness, finding creative ways to solve specific problems, and reflecting on lessons learned from 50 years in practice.

  • Books/Reports

Delivering Net Zero for 18 London boroughs

This project was an incredible feat in collaboration, between Etude, Introba, Inkling, Currie and Brown and Levitt Bernstein. Between us we split a huge amount of energy and cost modelling... Read more

  • Books/Reports

What is the future of high-rise housing? Examining the long-term social and financial impacts of residential towers

This new publication, 'What is the future of high-rise housing? Examining the long-term social and financial impacts of residential towers', says that more information should be made available to buyers... Read more

  • Books/Reports

Altered Estates 2: How to address changing priorities in estate regeneration

Altered Estates 2 illuminates the new and continuing challenges to successful estate regeneration in the UK, building on its forerunner Altered Estates (2016). The challenges and solutions we set out in... Read more

  • Books/Reports

Better Procurement for Better Homes

'Better Procurement for Better Homes' is the first comprehensive guide to help housing associations and local authorities procure and deliver higher quality homes for their residents. The report has been... Read more

  • Books/Reports
  • Post-occupancy evaluation

Towards Net Zero: A collaborative approach to decarbonising housing and increasing social value

Housing currently contributes 20% of the UK’s climate emissions. We want to help our clients achieve net zero by ratcheting up building performance. We are collaborating with three other architectural practices... Read more

  • Books/Reports

How to achieve net zero carbon homes

We launched a Net Zero Carbon Toolkit for new build and retrofit housing for Forest of Dean, Cotswold and West Oxfordshire District Councils. Etude led the process which was a... Read more

  • Design Guides

Easi Guide to Passivhaus Design

We, alongside sustainability engineers Etude, have campaigned tirelessly for faster change in the built environment to achieve zero carbon. But we have found that often the best way to effect... Read more

  • Design Guides

Path to zero carbon (LETI)

The London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI) is a network of built environment professionals working together to put London on the path to a zero carbon future. We were heavily involved in... Read more

  • Books/Reports

Cost of Carbon: Achieving greater carbon reductions on site

We partnered with Etude, Elementa and Currie & Brown on a research study for five London boroughs: Haringey, Ealing, Westminster, Greenwich and Barking and Dagenham. This work involved undertaking in-depth... Read more

  • Design Guides

How we will reach zero carbon

The industry is on a journey towards zero carbon and we have an opportunity to lead by example. As signatories of Architects Declare and contributors to the London Energy Transformation... Read more

  • Books/Reports

Making SAP and RdSAP 11 fit for Net Zero

We collaborated with CIBSE, Elementa, WSP, UCL, Clarion Housing Group and Etude to publish a report on the future of Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP). The work makes recommendations on improving... Read more

  • Opinion

Why the government should end permitted development rights for office to residential conversions

This brief report explains why the government needs to abandon its policy of Permitted Development Rights (PDR) for office to residential conversions. It sets out how the policy works, when... Read more