Sustainability: our common future

At NDY, we carefully and skilfully consider ways in which our communities and cities can become more sustainable through the appropriate management of our built environment.

Our work in the built environment encompasses stewardship and responsible management of our natural resources. We believe we can effect the greatest change through our work in reducing the carbon footprint of the built environment.

Sustainable development is defined by the United Nations as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

At NDY we support this definition of sustainability from the UN by ensuring we provide innovative solutions which deliver responsible low-carbon outcomes for the life cycle of all our projects.

For the first time in history, more than half the planet makes its home in cities. By 2030, an estimated two thirds of us will. And it’s through cities that the built environment allows communities to come together to share experiences, exchange capital, goods and ideas, and where we build our most ambitious and symbolic structures.

As models of exhibiting characteristics such as connectivity, adaptability, decisiveness and experimentation, cities provide numerous lessons, especially to business, on how to advance the sustainability agenda both within and beyond the city.

Our global head of sustainability, Mark McKenna, understands the principles of true sustainability.

Mark leads a team of renowned specialists at NDY that are committed to delivering sustainable outcomes in our projects around the world. But our commitment to sustainability goes beyond these specialists; all NDY people understand and are committed to excellence in sustainable design. We collaborate in an integrated and complementary way to achieve long-term results for our clients and the community.

We believe that the built environment is where environmental, economic and social imperatives converge to play a vital part in our future. This future will include buildings, facilities and infrastructure that contribute positively to energy creation, carbon reduction and reduced reliance on natural resources.

Positive impacts; NDY is already working to be a part of this evolution.

We take a holistic approach to buildings, energy, natural resources, and transportation technologies and how they intersect and impact on our built environment. Our approach to each project takes a considered view on how these elements converge, either individually or collectively, and prescribe solutions to minimize the environmental impact of each component.

Creating a sustainable future through the built environment is now one of society’s key challenges. At NDY, the built environment is the lens through which we view and ultimately shape our strategies for thoughtful sustainable communities.

As a global company, we practice what we preach. We have attained global ISO14001 accreditation and our Melbourne headquarters is a triple five star Green Star building. Many of our other offices have achieved, or are in the process of attaining, similar ratings.

At NDY, sustainability is not an ‘add-on’: it is an intrinsic part of everything we do.