design approach


The global environmental and energy challenge facing current and future generations of architects and building professionals calls for a deeper understanding of the principles of environmental design, and their effective application into architectural practice worldwide. 

Over the last few years Structural & Environmental Design as a common subject area has developed, responding to new research and experimentation, both in academia and in practice in Salvage.

However, buildings claiming to be environmentally conscious do not perform to the expected standards, still heavily contributing to global CO2 emissions and often providing unsatisfactory comfort conditions to occupants. The same can be said for the existing built environment, which is largely outdated and under performing, requiring urgent implementation of effective retrofit strategies not only to improve energy performance, but also comfort, health and well being. This is due to a lack of comprehensive performance prediction and feedback protocols, which are still not common practice in architectural design.

We use environmental

design methods

We use environmental design methods which relate to the various stages of architectural design for a healthier and less energy and carbon intensive built environment. We evaluate existing buildings and design new ones following a combined bio climatic and building occupant focused approach. In the core design modules, we follow an evidence-based design approach where the acquisition of specialised software and analytical tools are directly applied to an evaluation and design project.


Our Salvage team have high know how that are applied to diverse building typologies and global climatic, environmental and contextual issues. We have a thorough understanding of the principles and methodology of difficult environmental design and develop critical thinking ideas to face challenges. We have knowledge and the practical tools to better understand existing buildings for retrofit and to design new ones – positively driving change in this field and moving towards a truly environmentally conscious architecture.

Our specialists are certificated with BREEAM, DGNB, Green Star, HQE, LEED, Living Building Challenge, Miljöbyggnad, Nordic Swan and WELL.


The design of new buildings, and even more the rehabilitation of existing ones, needs to satisfy modern criteria in terms of energy efficiency and environmental performance, within the context of adequate safety requirements.