Ecological architecture - sustainable design

Paul Leech - Consultant Director

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I love to design buildings which really meet the users' needs and in which people feel comfortable and want to spend time. Listening carefully, and working with our clients and on their unique sites, is a skill which comes with experience. I have decades of such experience in ecological architecture, being qualified in both architecture and civil/structural engineering.

I've designed very many projects ranging from dwellings and apartments, crèches to office buildings, facilities for elderly to supermarket, even a micro hydropower plant in an old mill, for diverse clients and budgets.

Sustainable building, ecological architecture really is the way of the future - it's not considered optional any more, and I'm very happy to have been one of the pioneers of that in Ireland, and to have helped disseminate it all over the world, speaking in Europe, Africa, India, China, USA, Australia and Japan.

For decades people looked bemused, as I suggested passive solar , healthy building materials, of low embodied energy, multi-storey timber frame structures, low water use, low EMF, geothermal, wind, hydro, solar - thermal and photovoltaic. Now it's all proliferating as society, thankfully recovers, and that's great for both our environment and the new economy. However, I would be concerned to see ugly buildings premiating low energy/ passive which is simply not thorough enough.

I believe in applying ecological architecture (ecotecture) principles and quantitative parameters. This is profoundly transformative. Quantitative approaches are incomplete; a necessary but insufficient methodology.

Ultimately, my aim is to bring spirit, insight, experience, intelligence and humour to bear in the indomitable hope and expectation that, despite the highly justifiable 'doomers and gloomers' out there, humankind can still, just about, 'turn this around' in time – we still can make the step-changes to a chain-reaction of hope and resurgence, a 'gaïametric' progression of transformation. I only trust that democratic society comes to that practical insight and action plan, before it really would be catastrophically too late for our species (IPCC 2014).