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Low carbon impact design is an integral feature of our approach. We are committed to helping our clients achieve their sustainability aims through effective and strategic masterplanning, environmentally conscious designs for new buildings, and the intelligent retrofitting of existing buildings. Projects are interwoven with sustainable design principles such as for example:


  • Planning buildings to provide daylight access and ventilation to most interior spaces together with passive solar design techniques which can help reduce heating and cooling loads,

  • Selection of appropriate building typologies, such as courtyard plans to provide protective microclimates, and promote air flow through stack effect ventilation,

  • Selection of sustainable materials, for example timber structural frames for end-of-life recycling, low embodied energy, and long term carbon sequestration,

  • Integration of landscape in all projects: gardens, planting and buffer spaces for amenity, privacy and a positive outlook, as well as to mitigate heat island effects, air and noise pollution,

  • Water-sensitive urban design and deep soil zones and water retention features to manage and reduce storm water run-off and overland flows.


Since its inception, MAAP has promoted sustainability across our working culture. Examples of successfully translating this culture into our projects include our award winning Jacaranda Place Adolescent Extended Treatment Centre in Chermside which builds in passive environmental design principles for year-round occupant comfort drawing in fresh air through breezeways and courtyards. Internationally our work in Qatar has built on vernacular courtyard typologies to create comfortable outdoor spaces and reduce the need for artificial cooling while our work for the UK Government Technology Strategy Board program ‘Design for Future Climate Adaptation’ modelled adaption strategies for 2030, 2050 and 2080.

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