The twin crises of climate breakdown and biodiversity loss are the most serious issue of our time. Globally, buildings and construction play a major part, accounting for nearly 40% of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions whilst also having a significant impact on our natural habitats.
For everyone working in the construction industry, meeting the needs of our society without breaching the earth’s ecological boundaries will demand a paradigm shift in our behaviour, and our buildings. Together with our clients, we will need to commission and design buildings, cities and infrastructures as indivisible components of a larger, constantly regenerating and self-sustaining system.
The research and technology exist for us to begin that transformation now, but what has been lacking is collective will. Recognising this, we are committing to strengthen our working practices to create architecture and urbanism that has a more positive impact on the world around us.
As a member of the construction industry aware of the Climate & Biodiversity Emergency I pledge to:
- Raise awareness of the climate and biodiversity emergencies and the urgent need for action amongst our clients and supply chains.
- Advocate for faster change in our industry towards an improved standard of construction and more regenerative construction practices.
- Collaborate with professionals and policy makers within our industry to work towards improved environmental outcomes.
- Establish climate and biodiversity mitigation principles as the key measure of our industry’s success: demonstrated through awards, prizes, listings, & information sessions.
- Share knowledge and research to that end on an open source basis.
- Create buildings of a superior quality and performance, to meet the challenges of a low carbon future.
- Construct buildings that require minimal energy input to maintain a satisfactory internal living environment.
- Embrace the shift to low embodied carbon materials, and prioritising materials with minimal environmental impact more broadly.
- Implement on-site waste management and construction systems to reduce, reuse and recycle.
- Incorporate ecologically sustainable development principles.