Paul Keogh Architects is committed to applying the principles of environmental sustainability to every aspect of the practice’s work - including design, construction, research and training.
At it's simplest, sustainable development is about ensuring a better quality of life for everyone, now and in the future; and meeting the needs of today without compromising the availability of natural resources for generations to come.
Our philosophy is based on the conviction that sustainability is not just about the architecture of the individual building; reflecting the EU's Bristol Accord and Leipzig Charter, PKA believes that planning and the design of sustainable urban neighbourhoods is fundamental to the world's battle against climate change.
In terms of building design, PKA has been committed to environmental sustainability for over twenty years. Our portfolio of projects testifies to our appreciation of the impacts of location, built form, materials, services, adaptability and durability; and the obligation to reduce energy consumption of buildings in the modern world.
Whatever the size or value of the project, our policy is to prioritise environmental sustainability; PKA has continuously placed these issues to the fore: whether on the Robin eco-house in Mayo, Galway County Council’s Tuam library and area offices, the OPW Heuston Gate development, or Dublin City Council’s North East Inner City Regeneration schemes.
PKA also strives to set an example of environmental responsibility in the practice's own activities. At every level, we continuously seek improvements - in terms of energy use, transportation, purchasing and recycling - to be a model of best practice and achieve our target of developing this policy into a formal environmental management system.
"This beautifully designed house by PKA - a practice with a record of contemporary versions of traditional Irish buildings - is well constructed, with high insulation levels, a low-level heat recovery system, wood-burning stoves and solar panels." - The Irish Times, 29th October 2009. Robin House, Foxford, Co. Mayo.