MISSION STATEMENT

Harris McCormack Architects specialise in high-quality, bespoke built projects, with a local emphasis. With climate change of increasing concern, Harris McCormack Architects are embracing more fully sustainable design within all our projects. Whether a small domestic extension, or a larger residential or commercial development, sustainability will be at the heart of our design ethos. We aim to combine sustainability with a continued emphasis on high-quality, built-to-last designs. Supporting the mantra that local is good, we focus our work within the counties of Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland. Our team of highly-qualified architects and technologist can place sustainability in the forefront of your design, creating a building that is right for you while minimising impact on the environment.
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Lucy Ward BScHons RIBA ARB

“The built environment is responsible for around 40% of global carbon emissions and architects have a significant role to play in reducing UK greenhouse gas emissions to net zero”. RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge.

With a Post-Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Development and Climate Change from De Montfort University in Leicester, and with the design and construction of two low-energy houses under my belt, I feel passionately about low-energy design, and I concur with the above statement, and I believe that architects need to play their part in helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

I appreciate that low-energy buildings can only be made real where designer and client work together. There needs to be a partnership of enthusiasm and belief, to create a building that answers the brief but also embraces a sound low-energy approach from the very beginning. As architects, we would work with like-minded clients in applying the principles of fabric first, low embedded energy, optimal orientation, and sizing to suit. The best low-energy buildings would have minimal wastage in materials and in scale.

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Rory Canham BSc Hons M.Arch RIBA

“With ever more, ever cleaner energy, the attention now turns to carbon. Waste and consumerism are very much a 20th-century obsession. The last decade (2011-2020) was the warmest on record. The climate emergency therefore demands urgent action and leadership by architects and the wider construction industry.” The Architects Journal Retrofit Campaign.

With a Bachelor of Science (BSc) Degree in Environmental Design from Sheffield Hallam University, I feel We must therefore act swiftly and play our part in limiting the further exacerbation of climate change whether that is through careful and considered low energy design or through retrofit. I believe we need to find alternatives to carbon intensive materials and prioritize the use of renewable, low energy & locally sourced materials in all construction projects. Therefore ‘Business as usual’ is no longer an option for the construction industry and I strongly believe clients are becoming more and more aware of this importance.

RIBA Climate Change HMA

The RIBA has developed voluntary performance targets for operational energy use, water use and embodied carbon. These performance targets form the basis of the 2030 Climate Challenge which the RIBA has been developed in consultation with other professional UK construction bodies. The performance targets align with the future legislative horizon and set out a challenging but achievable trajectory to realise the significant reductions necessary by 2030 in order to have a realistic prospect of achieving net zero carbon for the whole UK building stock by 2050. HMA are proud members of the RIBA 2030 climate challenge.

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AECB Building Knowledge HMA

The AECB (Association for Environment Conscious Building) is a network of individuals and companies with a common aim of promoting sustainable building. Running since the 1980’s the AECB are the largest and oldest network for sustainable buildings. The AECB brings together contractors, trades people, self-builders, architects, designers, engineers, manufacturers, housing associations, local authorities, and academics to help develop, share, train and promote sustainable building best practice. HMA are proud members of the AECB.

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