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By Stuart Eatock

ECE Annual Sustainability Report – 2023

In 2019, we declared a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency.

Since then, we have worked hard to ensure our performance, our business, and our policies align with this declaration. As part of this, we have committed to becoming a carbon neutral practice by 2030.

To publicly show our current commitments and hold ourselves accountable in the future, we have published our first Annual Sustainability Report.

Read the full report here or look through our summary below.


In the financial year 2022-2023, we focused on identifying areas of improvement within our own studios and our projects. Through this work, the year included several milestones for us as a group. Some noteworthy accomplishments of our team:

Pioneering Passivhaus project approval

We received unanimous approval for a Passivhaus project for Worthing Borough Council, which revitalises an existing site with 11 energy-efficient flats and sets a national benchmark for Passivhaus standards in emergency housing.

Sustainability-focused events

We hosted our first-ever Passivhaus Client event as well as an internal embodied carbon workshop and actively participated in local events and national guidance, like the UK Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard.

Expertise and qualifications

Two team members are now Certified Passivhaus Designers and are proficient in assessing, designing, and managing low-carbon operational buildings.

We also extended our comprehensive services offered at all development stages, ensuring sustainability at the forefront.

Decreasing our consumption

Our sustainability initiatives have yielded promising results in terms of energy usage and we have seen a significant reduction in the past five years. With a growing team, it is only natural that our consumption increases in terms of electricity usage. Finding initiatives to help offset this, will be an important task going forward and is one of our focus areas for 2023-2024.

Future commitments

Although we have seen a reduction in our KgCO2e consumption, it is clear there is much work to be done. For the next 12 months, we are focusing on the following areas of improvement:

In addition to showing our commitment, we hope this report will educate, inspire, and raise questions about the role of architecture in creating a more sustainable future.

This is also an opportunity for us to learn, so please get in touch with any advice, feedback or questions.

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