Founded in 1972, Denton Corker Marshall produces innovative, sustainable and memorable architecture and urban design. An interest in experimenting with form, materiality and the way architecture is made contributes to the distinctive architectural language for which the practice is internationally acclaimed.
Environmentally sustainable principles have always been a key part of our design process but the completion of the Manchester Civil Justice Centre in 2007 gave us a new benchmark. The Denton Corker Marshall project won 28 international awards including the UK’s preeminent sustainability prize, the RIBA English Partnerships Sustainability Award, and showed us the benefit to communities when sustainability and innovation is at the heart of a project.
We believe that good design concerns the recognising and acknowledging of ecological, social and cultural responsibilities that inform our living patterns. As architects and urban designers, we play a crucial role in the creation of a response that enhances these living patterns for the global community. We consistently seek sustainable and innovation solutions to develop expertise in improving facade technology, material selection and waste minimisation that considers whole of life outcomes.
We regularly review our internal operations for improvement, including auditing our carbon footprint and improving our energy and resource efficiency to become NoCO2 certified. We are a signatory to the Australian Architects Declare Climate & Biodiversity Emergency declaration in recognition that our greatest environmental impact is in the architecture and built communities that we create.
Carbon Neutral Certification
Denton Corker Marshall achieved NoCO2 certification on the 09/10/2020 under certification number NC409. To achieve this status Denton Corker Marshall undertook the following process:
- Commissioned a NoCO2 audit from CRI to measure their carbon footprint for the 2019 financial year (FY2019). CRI’s NoCO2 audit follows the standards outlined by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard (1), in addition to the international standard ISO 14064.1 (2).
- Have committed to offset their unavoidable emissions through the purchase of units in approved projects under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Gold Standard, and
- Committed to ongoing annual auditing of their emissions.
What does Carbon Neutral Service Certification mean?
By meeting the requirements of the NoCO2 Program, Denton Corker Marshall is certified as a Carbon Neutral Organisation by CRI; can be promoted and marketed as such and can display the Carbon Neutral Logo issued by CRI.
What Carbon Credit Projects does Denton Corker Marshall purchase offsets from?
India Clean Energy from Biomass
The aim of Biomass projects is to utilize agricultural waste or other non-renewable biomass residues as fuel to generate power and to lower the plants’ dependence on the local grid for electricity. Before the implementation of the project, the electricity needs of such plants were met by power from a coal dominated grid. To meet the rising energy demands in production, a new efficient biomass boiler was installed together with a steam turbine, producing both steam and electricity. The new boilers are fuelled with locally available agricultural waste instead of traditional, emission intensive coal.
Before the start of the project, these agricultural residues were not used. They were either burned without harnessing the resulting thermal energy, or simply left to decay, thereby generating methane emissions. The plant’s steam and electricity requirements can be now supplied by the new cogeneration unit. The investment required for the installation of the new cogeneration unit could not have been raised were it not for the revenue from sales of carbon credits.