PRACTICE: Sustainability


Architecture is one of the most conspicuous forms of economic activity. Improving economic status increases demand for architectural resources. The goal of Gilroy McMahon Architects is to find architectural solutions that reduce impact and guarantee the continued co-existence of our global ecosystem. To this end Gilroy McMahon implement an environmental management system. Projects are reviewed against a set of defined criteria in order to assess the significance of their impact on the environment.

To enhance environmental sustainability GilroyMcMahon strive to ensure their building’s holistically balance and integrate the principals of:


• Economy of Resources; the reduction, re-use and recycling of natural resources (conservation of energy, water and materials)

• Life Cycle Design the methodologies for analysing the building process and its impact on the environment.

• Humane design; the interactions between humans and the natural world, human comfort, environmental perservation, urban design and site planning.



We were awarded IS0 14001:2009 by the NSAI (Certificate No GB09/78243), which we have tailored to address both our own environmental responsibilities as an organisation, as well as our building design process. Achieving this standard is a strong statement of intent, ensuring a culture of environmental responsibility within our practice.