environmentally sensitive buildings

Each architect joining the Architects' Declare movement pledges to:

  • Raise awareness of the climate & biodiversity emergencies and the urgent need for action amongst our clients and supply chains

  • Advocate for faster change in our industry towards regenerative design practices and a higher government funding priority to support this

  • Establish climate & biodiversity mitigation principles as the key measure of our industry’s success, demonstrated through awards, prizes & listings

  • Share knowledge & research to that end on an open source basis

  • Evaluate all new projects against the aspiration to contribute positively to mitigating climate change breakdown and encourage our clients to adopt this approach

  • Upgrade existing buildings for extended use as a more carbon efficient alternative to demolition & new build, whenever there is a viable choice

  • Include life cycle costing, whole life carbon modelling and post occupancy evaluation as part of our basic scope of work, to produce both embodied & operational resource use

  • Adopt more regenerative design principles in our studios, with the aim of designing architecture & urbanism that goes beyond the standard of net zero carbon in use

  • Collaborate with engineers, contractors & clients to further reduce construction waste

  • Accelerate the shift to materials with low embodied carbon in all our work.

  • Minimise wasteful use of resources in architecture and urban planning