Established in 2005, Bower Architecture and interiors strives to create timeless places for our client and those who experience them. Sustainability is integral to all of our projects and we discuss it from the very beginning with our clients. Our architecture sits outside of fashion and is grounded in a collective view that the best and most sustainable design is that which is built to last and be celebrated for decades to come.
“By being certified Climate Active, we put our best foot forward as an Architecture practice to meet Australia’s 2030 carbon emission reduction target.”
Type of certification
How long have you been certified carbon neutral?
Since November 2021.
Why did you choose to go carbon neutral?
As Architect’s we are conscious of the impact we have on the environment, therefore, we try to educate our clients and peers about our responsibility towards climate change. By being certified Climate Active, we put our best foot forward as an Architecture practice to meet Australia’s 2030 carbon emission reduction target.
What are the anticipated benefits of your carbon neutral certification?
Our certification will further motivate us to identify innovative strategies for the reduction of our carbon footprint as a practice as well as in our design process for our clients.
We aim at engaging all the staff members to the take pride of our carbon neutral status and to reflect this in our daily operations.
What offset projects do you support?
A wind power based electricity generation project in India. We have also purchased some additional offsets outside of the Climate Active process for an Australian project, which is noted on page 13 of our public disclosure statement.
Why did you choose these projects?
We engaged our staff members to cast their vote on their preferred projects and we were drawn to the additional project outside Climate Active due to it being a local initiative for Australian biodiverse forests. By supporting clean energy production in India, we acknowledge or carbon emission impact at an international level.
How can your customers support you?
Our clients can support us by engaging in our ESD initiatives for their projects and promote us as a Climate Active certified Architecture firm. We would also like to encourage the community to look out for the Climate Active's logo when they seek any kind of services.
What else are you doing to reduce emissions?
We will be engaging all of our staff members to come up with creative strategies to reduce our emissions.
What has been the impact of your action?
After switching to green energy our emissions for electricity has been reduced to zero. The amount of transport fuel has also reduced after we encouraged our staff members to use public transport or bikes as much as possible.
Although our overall emission was not reduced for the last financial year as we bought new IT equipment for working from home purposes due to COVID-19. We aim at significantly reducing our emissions for the next financial year and beyond.
What advice would you give to a business considering certification?
The certification process can be challenging at the start with the amount of data to be collected. However, once you reach the end of the process it is very rewarding. Certification should be the top priority for business goals and visions.