11% of global carbon emissions come from the construction of buildings and 28% during the operational stage.
As architects and specialists in the built environment, we have the opportunity to make a real difference, to reduce this impact and support a more sustainable future.
Whether it’s designing new spaces or reconfiguring existing environments, there is much we can do. To have a true impact, and fulfil our purpose, we need to look at how we can best make use of our resources. When you consider that most of the existing buildings that are currently standing will still exist by 2050, building ‘new’ isn’t always the answer.
Our approach in tackling this is to review existing buildings and where possible reduce carbon emissions. When it comes to new buildings, carbon-negative must be the aim.
We do this by:
We have made a commitment to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts, including reducing emissions to align with a 1.5°c future.