In addition to our experience in Sustainable Design, Clive Chapman Architects benefits from a longstanding relationship with Kingston University's Archilab, the Architectural Science and Technology Laboratory.


Following the success of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) undertaken with the university in 2008-2010, Archilab secured £120K Government funding for a new two-year programme in 2015, focusing on:


  • Achieving zero carbon homes
  • Soft Landings
  • Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE)
  • Government regulation and third party accreditation schemes (BREEAM, PassivHaus etc.)


We worked with several local Housing Associations carrying out POE of a number of their dwellings. The findings of this initial research have been fed back and have informed changes to both their Design Philosophy and Employers Requirements.


Our research structure is designed to promote  collaboration, effectively forming a centralised sustainability resource for all of our clients.



Our portfolio of Exemplar Sustainable Design can be viewed here.

BREEAM is a registered trademark of BRE (the Building Research Establishment Ltd. Community Trade Mark E5778551).


The BREEAM marks, logos and symbols are the Copyright of BRE and are reproduced by permission.

Sustainability has long been at the forefront of our work and creating sustainable design solutions is always a consideration, from project inception through to completion. An innate sense of passive sustainable solutions within our design work, backed up by a solid knowledge base and understanding of renewable technologies, helps to ensure that projects are both buildable and innovative, appropriate to the specific site constraints and opportunities.


"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

(Brundtland Report, 1987 – United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development, Our Common Future.)






Passivhaus is the leading international design standard for low energy, comfortable, high quality affordable buildings offering energy savings of up to 90% compared with typical building stock and over 75% compared to average new builds.


We would be happy to discuss any potential Passivhaus design projects, from inception through to certification by The Passive House Institute.


For more information on Passivhaus, see: Examples of our approved Passivhaus schemes can be found under our Exemplar Sustainable Design Projects


BREEAM (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method) is the world’s most widely used measure to describe a building’s environmental performance.  Our specialist staff can provide consultancy and assessment services for BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment Assessments, from the concept design stage right through to practical completion.


We are also able to produce Energy Reports and Sustainability Reports for the purposes of planning applications.


Contact Andrew Gilbert for more information. Telephone: 020 8891 4837, email: