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Climate Change

The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has indicated that human influence on climate systems is clear and that the more we disrupt our climate, the more we risk severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts. As designers we have a responsibility to design buildings that produce the least amount of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions as possible. We also need to educate our clients around the impacts that certain decisions will have on the carbon that is attributed to their building. This category aims to promote the following influential strategies:

  • Design buildings that are climate adaptive and resilient
  • Design buildings that have reduced GHG emissions, working towards net zero energy 
  • Understand the emissions impacts of key design decisions
  • Encourage the use of carbon offset programmes and renewable energy certificates