Category | Environment & Sustainability

Arkitrek Sustainable Design Principles

Arkitrek Sustainable Design Standards

Arkitrek practices holistic design for the benefit of people and nature. Our work overlaps with international sustainability standards for buildings, but it’s not always a close match. This article by Arkitrek founder Ian Hall describes Arkitrek’s current thinking on Sustainable Design and describes how some of Ian’s thinking on sustainability standards evolved.

Mantanani Groundwater

SGP GDF Mantanani Arkitrek Water Community Mapping Program

Arkitrek are embarking on an 18-month program to engage the community of Mantanani Island to measure and understand their freshwater resources. The program is funded by the UN Small Grants Program and will be run jointly with our long term partner on Mantanani; Camps International. Most importantly however, the program has the blessing of Albi, the sceptical and quick witted Headman of Mantanani.

The Arkitrek Manifesto – Our Progress So Far

Arkitrek 3 eggs

How we define our social objectives and how we measure the success of these has been the subject of long debate over the last year. We finally feel like we are getting somewhere. Here is the first draft of the Arkitrek Manifesto that seeks to outline who we are and what we stand for.

Reclaimed Timber

By Ian Hall The row of dark brown circles on the timber in the photo above are where bolts used to hold together the structure of an industrial warehouse (below). Responsible specification of timber in building projects gives me a headache. Reclaimed timber seems to be one of the best options but it’s hardly a […]

Poring Micro-Hydro

Lupa Masa pico-hydro

Lupa Masa is going to be a carbon neutral destination in operation. This is possible thanks to the steep fast flowing streams that run off Mt Kinabalu. Last week our renewable energy consultants Era Wira were commissioning a 3kW low head micro hydro. The system is designed to use a high volume of water at a low head.