Towards Low Carbon Communities, Places And Architecture

5 STEPS Towards Sustainable Buildings And Places

In this five step guide you will discover a range of strategies that will question basic assumptions and give you tools for thinking through your vision

It is tempting to think as we press further into the 21st-century with many lessons having been learned from the obvious mistakes of the 20th century, that we have it all sussed. We know what to do now! All we need is the opportunity to scale up and build out our ideas on mass. Easy.

In this guide you will read about strategies that we need to adopt to overcome some of the big challenges that face us globally as never before.

When making day to day decisions about buildings, communities and the environment, what techniques can we use to ensure we are heading in the right direction? To make significant progress with a new idea or to develop a set of principles in connection with anything as complex as a city or a neighbourhood, a strong vision is required.

  • But is the vision going to deliver on its promises and are the outcomes going to be as predicted?
  • Do we have the right vision?
  • Is our ladder leaning against the right wall?

5 STEPS To Creating
Sustainable Buildings
And Places

In this five step guide to achieving a successful sustainable development, before investing in an out dated model, you will discover a range of strategies that will question basic assumptions and give you tools for thinking through your vision before committing to expensive consultancy fees or investing heavily in the project itself.

Whether you are concerned with the single building project and the challenges that can throw up, or considering an urban infill or extension, similar thinking will be required to explore the options before pressing the button.

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What Our Clients Say

Noel is brilliant. We’re so happy that he’s our architect and we have complete trust in him to do the right thing on our projects. We also like that he has an understanding of Urban life and this reflects in his work and he is an artist which to me adds creatively to his outlook for the finalising of the drawings. - Pauline Hawkes

The clients, Adrian and Pauline Hawkes, run Phoenix Community Care a charity to assist unaccompanied minors and a fostering service in the London Borough of Haringey. Their ambition is to integrate people back into the community in the context of arts and cultural events.


You refer to the project to demolish the old church building and build a completely new Church on the site of the old one for Cholmeley Evangelical Church in Archway Road, Highgate, London N6. The project was a successful one and was undertaken at an early stage in your professional career. The building is still looking good. It is continuing to fulfil the brief we gave you and to accommodate the inevitable changes in our needs which have occurred since then. It has needed only the expected routine maintenance over that time, which is a tribute to your specification! The fact that the building featured in the AJ, Building Design and was included in the Annual Open House catalogue is a tribute to your design. - Gerald West

Gerald was the chairman of the Elders and Trustees of the Church and acted as project manager over the pre-contract, contract and post contract periods.


Conversion of a grade II listed 18th Century time frame, 4 storey weavers terraced house from domestic use to offices. A two storey addition was sensitively added at the rear of the property, the design of which was negotiated with English Heritage during the planning application process. The front of the building was restored to tis original design and internal paneling was upgraded to half hour fire resisting by agreement with English Heritage. The building was successfully sold on completion to an investment company. - David Saunderson

David ran a financial company based in the City of London whilst running a property company from Smithfield Market area on the fringes of the City.


Noel Isherwood Associates were contacted at a late stage in mid October. Their challenge was to renovate and fit out new office accommodation in Central London for the 150 staff that were to be employed in the company by the end of January the following year. With no time to spare they were responsible for the design and project management. They assisted us to establish the brief, the budget and the programme. Also, they nominated the main contractor, communications, security, and furniture sub-contractors.

Considering these constraints, we did not have the luxury to doubt the ability of our consultants. Our total confidence in the team that Noel Isherwood Associates assembled was mandatory. Naturally the pressure existed, but once we had started we were never in doubt that the team would meet the targets established by the required dates.

If the same circumstances arose again I would have no difficulty in again, using Noel Isherwood Associates and the team they assembled. - Christine Ayer

Christine was at the time the owner and managing director Cega Ltd a successful IT company based in Clerkenwell London which merged with RTS Networks UK Ltd which then gave rise to the need for this project.


Noel has a real depth of understanding and a track record in building communities based on an extensive portfolio of facilitation in design and development in communities across the UK. - Peter Davies

Peter Davies: Is chair of ‘The Size of Wales’ and former Commissioner for Sustainable Futures (Wales).

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