Research: Sustainable and regenerative design: reading list, research and design tools 

Research: Sustainable and regenerative design: reading list, research and design tools 

Here are our suggestions for a broad reading and research list - including articles, books, databases, tools and guides to help understand the problems and the solutions. Please click for link:

Regenerative Design

We fooled ourselves that sustainability was getting us where we need to go - Michael Pawlyn, Dezeen

Doughnut Economics - book by Kate Raworth

Circular Economy

Design for a Circular Economy - Mayor of London/Good Growth Primer

UKGBC Guidance on Circular Economy


Net Zero Carbon Buildings - A Framework Definition, UKGBC

Embodied Carbon: the Blindspot of the Building Industry - Anthony Pak, Canadian Architect

Embodied and Whole Life Carbon Assessment for Architects - RIBA

Analyse Embodied Carbon Data Tool

Embodied Carbon Emission Reduction Tool - Hawkins\Brown

Carbon and Life-Cycle Metrics Software - One Click LCA

Embodied Energy and Embodied Carbon in Materials - ICE Database

Embodied Carbon Database - WRAP

Targeting Zero: Whole Life and Embodied Carbon Strategies for Design Professionals - book by Simon Sturgis

Post Occupancy Evaluation

Post Occupancy Evaluation and Building Performance Evaluation - RIBA Primer

Housing Fit for Purpose: Performance, Feedback and Learning - book by Fionn Stevenson


Energy vs Power - Diffen

Evaluating Operational Energy Performance of Buildings at the Design Stage - CIBSE


Thermal Conductivity, R-Values and U-Values Simplified - the green age


General Principle for Improving Airtightness - Passipedia

Airtightness in Old Buildings - Passipedia

Why Build an Airtight House, Leakage Problems - Passipedia

Airtight Construction - Passipedia

Thermal Comfort

Environmental Design - CIBSE Guide

Thermal Comfort Parameters - Passipedia

Local Thermal Comfort - Passipedia

Passive House

Basics - Passipedia

Building Physics - Passipedia

Passive House Planning Package - Software Tool

EnerPHit: Passive House Certificate for Retrofits - Passipedia

The Passivhaus Handbook: A Practical Guide to Constructing and Retrofitting Buildings for Ultra-Low Energy Performance - book by Janet Cotterell and Adam Dadeby

Modern Methods of Construction

Off-site & Modular Buildings - Lucideon

The Durability of Off-site Construction - pbc today

Value Engineering in Modular Construction - pbc today

Transportability Assessments of Modular and Volumetric Buildings - pbc today

Transportability Assessments of Modular and Volumetric Buildings - Lucideon Webinar

Off-site and Modular Construction Explained - Whole Building Design Guide


Better Buildings: Learning from Buildings in Use - book by Richard Partington and Richard Bradbury

The Handbook of Sustainable Refurbishment: Non-Domestic Buildings - book by Nick Baker

Sustainable Design Guides

Sustainable Outcomes Guide - RIBA

Climate Emergency Design Guide and Embodied Carbon Primer - LETI

We are signatories of Architects Declare, and these are the actions we are taking in response to those commitments

Project: BREEAM Outstanding for Kingston School of Art 

Haworth Tompkins’ major refurbishment of Kingston University’s Mill Street Building for Kingston School of Art has been awarded BREEAM Outstanding, with a score of 86.2%.

BREEAM provided a structure for benchmarking and assessing the sustainability aims with the team paying attention to measures reducing energy use and CO2. BREEAM was supplemented by Haworth Tompkins’ own sustainability toolkit, with further priorities incorporated relating to wellbeing, adaptability and resilience.

Studio: Our Carbon Footprint Report 2019 

The current climate and biodiversity emergency highlighted by the Architects Declare movement – now celebrating its 1 year anniversary - has prompted individuals and organisations to become aware and take responsibility for their impact on the environment.

As founding signatories of the AD declaration, HT have started to calculate their office carbon foot­print with the aim to find ways to reduce it, and then to offset the remaining carbon emissions in a way that is meaningful for the environment.

Studio: Haworth Tompkins - Climate Emergency Response 

We are co-founders of the Architects Declare movement launched in May 2019.

Click here for a summary of our actions, events and activities organised as a response to the climate emergency

Studio: Passive House Training 

In a bid to adopt more regenerative design principles, and to design architecture and urbanism that goes beyond the standard of net zero carbon in use, a third of our architects are receiving specialist training this week, focusing on Passive House.

Advocacy: Future Homes Part L consultation 

Haworth Tompkins are supporting LETI’s response to the Part L consultation, focusing on the need for:

- improved fabric performance requirements
- use of metered energy (kWh/m2yr) as principal metric for performance evaluation
- retaining the power of Local Authorities to set carbon reduction targets beyond Building Regulations

Advocacy: The London Energy Transformation Initiative 

Haworth Tompkins are an organisational supporter of the London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI), a network of over 250 built environment professionals who are working together to put London on the path to a Zero Carbon future. LETI have lobbied for policy change and their recommendations have been included in emerging London Policy. These recommendations include energy use disclosure, use of updated carbon factors and whole life carbon assessments for referable schemes.

Event: Rethinking the way we design and work 

‘Rethinking the way we design and work’ was the theme of a day held by Haworth Tompkins focusing on the Architects Declare emergency goals and commitments. We acknowledge that addressing the AD goals will require an important change in our design process, and in our studio, and this was an excellent opportunity to get everyone in the office involved in the discussion.

Project: The Den - a low-carbon portable, community theatre 

Minimum environmental impact and social equity are at the heart of the design that composes this super-lightweight theatre.

Advocacy: Architects Declare 

The twin crises of climate breakdown and biodiversity loss are the most serious issue of our time. Buildings and construction play a major part, accounting for nearly 40% of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions whilst also having a significant impact on our natural habitats.

Event: Exploring Doughnut Economics 

Steve Tompkins and Beatie Blakemore recently attended a workshop at Hawkwood College led by Kate Raworth and Juliet Davenport, looking at how businesses can meet the needs of people within the means of the planet. The workshop explored the principles of ‘Doughnut Economics’ – a concept developed by Kate Raworth that has been widely influential amongst sustainable development thinkers, progressive businesses and political activists. Juliet Davenport is founder and CEO of renewable energy supplier Good Energy.

Project: Offsite construction for Osco Homes 

Transportation associated with construction site activities, material delivery and waste removal account to just under 40% of total energy use within the construction industry. At Baycliff Road our houses are constructed off site as separate wall, floor and roof cassettes and then assembled on site in typically around 12 hours per house. The construction period on site is much shorter than a traditionally built project and relies on considerably fewer deliveries to site and vehicle movements.

Studio: HT appoints Head of Sustainability & Regenerative Design 

Diana Dina has recently joined Haworth Tompkins to help develop and lead the practice’s sustainability and regenerative design strategy, balancing practical in-house support/training, external advocacy and independent research. Diana will work closely with the Directors, the Associates and the HT Sustainability Team to focus on progressing a vision and strategy for sustainable and regenerative design and practice including the education of staff, developing and reporting on sustainability metrics, maintaining sustainability resources, and greening the practice operations.