Sustainability is increasingly high on the UK agenda with the Climate Change Act 2008, and the more recent 2021 Net Zero Strategy (NTS) setting out government targets, policies and proposals for decarbonising our economy.

At Lytle Associates we recognise that the climate emergency is the biggest challenge facing our planet and profession.

The built environment generates a significant proportion of carbon emissions, estimated to be up to 50% of the global total. Poorly designed and constructed buildings waste considerable amounts of energy. By 2050, the aim is to meet our country’s carbon neutrality or ‘Net-Zero’ target by balancing emissions of carbon dioxide with its removal or elimination.

At Lytle Associates sustainability is considered at the earliest stages of every project to ensure a genuinely holistic and ‘green’ approach. Our commitment to sustainability is, first and foremost, in the detail, quality and specification of the buildings we design.

To ‘future proof’ our built environment, our team understand that a sustainable approach must encompass every aspect of the design and construction process. This includes reducing operational energy and embodied carbon, minimising water usage, and promoting the health and wellbeing of users.

At Lytle Associates we ensure we keep up-to-date with new technologies and materials. We work collaboratively with other construction professionals to consider how to optimise energy efficiency, and with our clients, we will always discuss and propose sustainable design solutions where appropriate.

In 2022, we joined the Passive House Trust, and are actively working towards becoming certified Passive House consultants in 2023.

For more information on sustainability or Passive House, please email Paul Rawsthorn at or speak to him on 01483 301661.