Y2 Architecture is a multi-disciplinary design practice providing professional services in architecture, urban design, educational planning, interior design, project and construction management throughout Australia.
Established in 1973 the practice has more than 49 years of experience in local and international projects with a focus on community and civic related projects including education, health and commercial design. Y2 Architecture’s civic and community project portfolio extends internationally into East Timor and the Middle East. We have been recognised both nationally and internationally for our architecture and urban design.
Y2 Architecture’s two directors Garry Thompson and Matthew Dwyer, specialise in architectural and urban design. They lead a senior management team of dedicated; creative designers focused on people-centred design, the built environment, and providing professional management services.
Social responsibility is a core value of Y2 Architecture’s approach. We have a reputation of delivering architecture that is aesthetically pleasing while remaining focused on enriching the lives of the people and the community who engage with it. Drawing upon our experience, Y2 Architecture will respond to your needs through intelligent design and a collaborative approach. Our proven track record means your project is in good hands and at all stages will be delivered to a high standard of professional service.
Y2 Architecture recognises the significance of working collaboratively with clients. Our approach embraces the essence of the brief and deep dives to understand each organisation’s core values intimately. In this way, decision making links to our client’s ethos and drivers, whether that be commercial, educational, philosophical, or spiritual.
Climate Change Action:
Y2 Architecture is a NoC02 business certified by the Carbon Reduction Institute (CRI) under the NoCO2 Program. To achieve this status and become carbon neutral Y2 Architecture undertook the following process:
- Commissioned a NoCO2 audit from CRI to measure their carbon footprint, through the determination of the GHG emissions that resulted from their operations and services over the 2021 financial year (FY2021). 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) or Gold Standard, and
- Have committed to ongoing annual auditing of their emissions.
What does NoCO2 certification mean?
By meeting the requirements of the NoCO2 Program, Y2 Architecture is now a carbon neutral business. All services provided by Y2 Architecture are carbon neutral and can display the Carbon Neutral Service Logo issued by CRI to Y2 Architecture.
What Carbon Credit Projects does Y2 Architecture purchase units from?
India: Clean energy from biomass
Environmental problems in India are growing rapidly. The increasing economic development and a rapidly growing population that has taken the country from 300 million people in 1947 to more than one billion people today is putting a strain on the environment, infrastructure, and the country’s natural resources.
India’s air pollution is exacerbated by its heavy reliance on coal for power generation. Coal supplies more than half of the country’s energy needs and is used for nearly three-quarters of electricity generation. While India is fortunate to have abundant reserves of coal to power economic development, the burning of this resource, especially given the high ash content of India’s coal, has come at a cost in terms of public health risk and environmental degradation.
Reliance on coal as the major energy source has led to a nine-fold jump in carbon emissions over the past forty years. The government estimates the cost of environmental degradation has been running at 4.5% of GDP in recent years.
Biomass projects are implemented in small or large industrial plants. Their aim 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.
Beyond the reduction of greenhouse gases, these projects contribute to local sustainable development by:
- Creating jobs in the construction, maintenance, and operation of the plant as well as in the biomass logistics
- Creating additional income for farmers from agricultural waste
- Alleviating the load on the unstable regional electricity grid, while providing a steady supply of electricity to the plant
- Reducing emissions of air pollutants from fossil fuel burning like SO2, soot and particulate matter
- Demonstrating and spreading renewable energy technology
- Creating a business case for regional empowerment through environmentally friendly technology
- By utilizing locally available, sustainable fuel sources thereby reducing the dependence on energy imports on a national level