Sustainability: our common future
At NDY, we carefully and skillfully consider ways in which our communities and cities can become more sustainable through the appropriate management of our built environment.
Our work in the built environment encompasses stewardship and responsible management of our natural resources. We believe we can effect the greatest change through our work in reducing the carbon footprint of the built environment.
Sustainable development is defined by the United Nations as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
At NDY we support this definition of sustainability from the UN by ensuring we provide innovative solutions which deliver responsible low-carbon outcomes for the life cycle of all our projects.
For the first time in history, more than half the planet makes its home in cities. By 2030, an estimated two thirds of us will. And it’s through cities that the built environment allows communities to come together to share experiences, exchange capital, goods and ideas, and where we build our most ambitious and symbolic structures.
As models of exhibiting characteristics such as connectivity, adaptability, decisiveness and experimentation, cities provide numerous lessons, especially to business, on how to advance the sustainability agenda both within and beyond the city.
Our global head of sustainability, Tony Arnel, understands the principles of true sustainability. Tony is the current Chairman of the Green Building Council of Australia and the immediate past president of the World Green Building Council.
Tony leads a team of renowned specialists at NDY that are committed to delivering sustainable outcomes in our projects around the world. But our commitment to sustainability goes beyond these specialists; all NDY people understand and are committed to excellence in sustainable design. We collaborate in an integrated and complementary way to achieve long-term results for our clients and the community.
We believe that the built environment is where environmental, economic and social imperatives converge to play a vital part in our future. This future will include buildings, facilities and infrastructure that contribute positively to energy creation, carbon reduction and reduced reliance on natural resources.
Positive impacts; NDY is already working to be a part of this evolution.
We take a holistic approach to buildings, energy, natural resources, and transportation technologies and how they intersect and impact on our built environment. Our approach to each project takes a considered view on how these elements converge, either individually or collectively, and prescribe solutions to minimize the environmental impact of each component.
Creating a sustainable future through the built environment is now one of society’s key challenges. At NDY, the built environment is the lens through which we view and ultimately shape our strategies for thoughtful sustainable communities.
As a global company, we practice what we preach. We have attained global ISO14001 accreditation and our Melbourne headquarters is a triple five star Green Star building. Many of our other offices have achieved, or are in the process of attaining, similar ratings.
At NDY, sustainability is not an 'add-on': it is an intrinsic part of everything we do.
Our skilled engineers can provide practical advice on how to reduce carbon footprints without reliance on offset measures.
NDY can assist clients with designing facilities that conserve as much energy as possible. We also audit existing buildings to determine opportunities for them to become more efficient.
NDY has experience in energy modelling across our offices. We understand the emerging technologies in this area and have the practical experience necessary to provide world-class energy modelling services.
NDY’s environmental planning services are consistent with industry best practice. We have provided planning services to clients across Australia, New Zealand and the UK.
Physical space, lighting, noise and air quality are all important. NDY is expert in these areas and understands how to maximise comfort in a wide range of buildings.
NDY has the experience and accreditation needed to provide a full-service with respect to building rating schemes. They are an important way to ensure best-practice standards are integrated into the design and operation of all facilites.
Whether it is solar, wind, geothermal or other renewable sources, NDY has the experience needed to identify realistic renewable energy options and implement them cost effectively.
In the modern world, waste management is crucial to the daily operation of buildings. At NDY, we assist clients to deal appropriately with their waste and to recycle as much as possible.
As water reserves continue to diminish, the need to conserve and recycle water will increase. NDY can help meet this need both through design processes and our ability to improve existing facilities.