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3 sustainability challenges and how architects can overcome them

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Firms must reduce their ongoing business impact on the environment.
Firms must reduce their ongoing business impact on the environment.

AEC companies are under pressure to create more sustainable designs.

It is not just that sustainability is an imperative, it is because the biggest challenge on the planet is to design and retrofit our built environment the right way.

Here are three sustainability challenges and how architects and designers can work to over come them.

Challenge 1  

In order to achieve carbon reduction goals, improve industry reputation and shareholder value, firms must reduce their ongoing business impact on the environment and the environmental impact of the buildings and structures they create.

Solution: The HP DesignJet portfolio is engineered to have a low-environmental impact while maintaining outstanding quality, plus it uses up to 30 per cent recycled plastic by total weight of plastic.

Challenge 2 

By 2030, RIBA architects around the world have been challenged to achieve net zero whole life carbon for all new and retrofitted buildings.

Solution: Advance the use of sustainable practices through smart designs, methods and processes. Start with printers made from recycled materials. The HP DesignJet T200 series is designed with up to 30 per cent recycled plastic by total weight of plastic and the T600 series with up to 27 per cent recycled plastic by total weight of plastic.

  • The RIBA challenge: net zero whole life carbon for all new and retrofitted buildings by 2030.
    The RIBA challenge: net zero whole life carbon for all new and retrofitted buildings by 2030.
  • Just 8.6 per cent of the global economy is circular - eliminating waste and safely using natural resources.
    Just 8.6 per cent of the global economy is circular - eliminating waste and safely using natural resources.
  • The HP DesignJet large format printer: engineered to have a low-environmental impact while maintaining printing quality.
    The HP DesignJet large format printer: engineered to have a low-environmental impact while maintaining printing quality.
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Challenge 3 

As part of their eco-agenda, AEC businesses must find lower energy hardware and resources and introduce circular economy practices. Just 8.6 per cent of the global economy is circular - eliminating waste and safely using natural resources.

Solution: Improve sustainability by introducing circular economy practices and circular loops through your equipment. Use energy-efficient printers that are certified by US standard Energy Star and include recycled plastic parts. The HP DesignJet T200 is made from up to 30 per cent recycled plastic by total weight of plastic. HP also has a 25-year heritage of recycling ink cartridges with more than 4 billion recycled thanks to the HP Planet Partners programme.

Both the industry and clients expect AEC organisations to embed sustainability into their processes and designs.

This is possible with HP’s DesignJet and PageWide XL large format printers, which are all Energy Star certified.

For more information and techncial support, visit hp.com

Contact:
Jason Bishop, DesignJet & PW category manager at HP UK&I
0560 109 5964
jason.bishop2@hp.com


 

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