Mason and Wales, award winning architects, Dunedin.


Environmentally Sustainable Design

Sustainability is an issue that has driven the work of the practice since the early days, and continues to inform what we do today.

Sustainability is a word that has become fashionable over the last decade, however, sustainability is not a matter of fashion, but common sense and survival.

Sustainability requires us to think holistically. The location and function of a building; its flexibility and life span; its orientation, form and structure; its heating and ventilation systems and the materials used; together impact upon the amount of energy required to build and maintain it, and travel to and from it.

Importantly, sustainability also implies a way of building that is sensitive to its location and the culture that has shaped it - the relationship of the building in context to its place.

Mason & Wales Architects are an industry leader in the design of buildings that are environmentally sustainable and energy efficient. We find opportunities in our dedication to high quality design and construction and the goals of efficiency and sustainability.

We understand that sustainability is not a style and know how to design responsible buildings that are appropriate in their architectural expression to the communities we serve.

We work with various specialist consultants and suppliers to ensure the minimization of energy use for heating, ventilation, plumbing and lighting systems through both energy use source and material selection, and system controls.

We have developed and continue to maintain a master specification aimed at improving, often with minimal added construction cost, the environmental sustainability of the buildings we design.



Mason & Wales Architects were involved as the Principal Consultants for the South Island’s first registered NZGBC-Design Rated Building – The Otago Regional Council Head Office Building, which targeted a 5 Star Green Star NZ Certified Rating.



Mason & Wales Architects are one of the first architectural firms in New Zealand to be experienced with International Living Future Instute’s (ILFI) ‘Living Building Challenge (LBC), which is recognised as the most stringent sustainability certification tool in the world today.

LBC Projects include the Otago Polytechnic Student Village, which will be one of the largest timber structure buildings in the Southern Hemisphere, and also Camp Glenorchy, which is under construction, and is formally aiming to attain Net Zero Energy Certification under the LBC.