Lees Goes Green

Posted on October 30th 2008

Lees Associates have long promoted green building practices, materials and technology. We are regularly employed by environmentally conscientious clients to help them achieve sustainable, carbon neutral projects, without compromising the luxury aesthetic; a practice we have termed “Luxury Green”.

ukgbc-logoAs part of our commitment to promoting green technologies in building we are members of the UK Green Building Council. The UKGBC was set up to provide direction to the government and industry on environmental issues associated with the built environment. It aims to raise awareness of the problems associated with bad environmental practice and climate change, and educate people in order to slow down the process and ideally prevent potential disasters.

Lees Associates’ pioneering green credentials have been recognised recently following John Lees’ very well received “Luxury Green” speech at one of the regular Holloway White Allom MD’s lunches.

The recent country house project features in November’s House & Garden ‘Green by Design’ supplement, which focused on sustainable luxury. The house dates back to the 16th century and has been sensitively restored and modernised was deemed perfect for this theme. Materials such as insulation made from recycled paper, lime-based paints and reclaimed timber floors have been used to upgrade the shell of the building while undetectable technologies including under floor heating and a grey water recycling system further boost its green credentials.

And in the same edition of House and Garden, the London home of interior designer Nina Campbell, refurbished by Lees Associates, is featured, also appearing in The Evening Standard’s Homes & Property section. This project involved upgrading the insulation and installing a low energy boiler and under floor heating and demonstrates that, no matter the size of the project, sustainability and style can coexist.

Lees Associates are currently working on a number of other green residential projects. One of the most exciting is the Grade II* listed Dixton Manor for which the practice is developing a scheme to make the entire estate carbon neutral. A principal feature will be a biomass boiler that will provide all of the estate’s heating and hot water and which will be fuelled by timber felled exclusively on the estate. Through projects such as these the practice will continue to explore and install innovative sustainable technologies in a sympathetic and style-conscious manner. It is a never-ending but exhilarating challenge for which we believe inspirational solutions must be found.

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