At SuReal we strongly believe in Integrated Sustainability. This means incorporating sustainability in a project while considering all facets of it, to finally create the highest possible value for the project.
The themes below illustrate what Integrated Sustainability is for us. It shows the playing field and the execution of our interventions.
“Climate change is no longer some far-off problem; it is happening here, it is happening now”
An energy-efficient project should always be looked at from the perspective of low-carbon solutions. A climate-neutral ambition in harmony with economic feasibility.
Working intensely together with the design team during the design phase, we will start by optimizing orientation, façade design and general layout and advise on using passive design methodologies. We then optimise the energy concept and seek ways to enhance the uptake of renewables, while minimizing the embodied impact of materials, all within the economic feasibility of the project. Finally, during the tendering and construction phase, these concepts are defined more in detail so that concepts can become a realisation.
Health & well-being
” The office is dead, long live the office”
Fosbury & Sons
A sustainable project should always ensure the highest well-being of all its users. Health and well-being are about air quality, physical movement, visual comfort, acoustic comfort, biophilia, and much more.
We start by mapping the environment regarding health issues (NOX, acoustics, …), then we map the needs of the typology of the project (elderly home, hospital, schools, …) and finally we create a vision together with the design team and simulate our ideas.
“To go from linear to circular we need to transform words into actions”
Circular economy, the opposite of linear economy is often applied outside the field of real estate (ex. HR, Financial,..). It is also a part of sustainability and it focuses on flexibility, adaptability, ecological and healthy materials, re-using elements, etc. When incorporated to a great extent, a significant added value is created for end-users, building owners and the environment.
After analysing the specific characteristics of the project, we propose concrete solutions to the entire design team to ameliorate the circularity of the building. Only with clear propositions can circular concepts provide a successful break-through in real estate projects. Through collaboration and innovation, we assist in making your building projects more aligned with circular economy. These visions and ideas are also backed up by specific calculations and simulations.
“Without environmental quality we can’t have qualitative real estate, so why not improve our environment?”
Wind, water, sun and soil have an impact on our buildings. But in a similar way our built environment is capable to create micro-climates. The design of our buildings can therefore harm or enhance environmental quality. Neglecting this potentially negative effect is not an option.
During the early design phase, we use site-specific features to enhance the environmental impact of the project. We target access to sunlight, avoiding wind discomfort, avoiding water overflow and enhancing green infrastructure through integrated concepts and based on detailed calculations.