The transition from business as usual to a net zero economy needs to be done quickly, at all stages of projects, and by everyone.

Our design approach targets the direct construction and operational carbon impacts of the environments we design but also considers ways to encourage more ecological living, minimum resource use, and carbon positive lifestyles and consumption.

What is Net Zero?

From politicians to pop stars, multi-nationals to start-ups, everyone seems to have a roadmap, a plan or a route to Net Zero Carbon. Some are aiming for carbon neutrality. Others say they will be carbon negative.  Everyone is talking targets, committing to dates, amounts, plotting their progress on graphs or with pie charts.

But when we ask the question, ‘What is Net Zero Carbon?’, an overwhelming number of UK citizens would be unable to answer, despite the fact that this is a phrase that is widely used nowadays.

We know it is urgent and the clock is ticking but what does it actually mean, and what does it mean to me/us/them?

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We pursued low energy design in the late 1970s because we didn’t think there would be fossil fuels any more, long before people made the link between carbon dioxide emissions and global warming.

Peter Clegg, Senior Partner
Our Route to Net Zero

Counting back from 2030, we have developed a routemap to guide us on our transition to net zero carbon design. Our design processes include carbon targets to be demonstrated at each project stage, incorporated into specifications, delivered on site, and monitored in use and how we can work on these with our clients and collaborators.

By March 2020, we had zero carbon action plans for every project. We have rolled out FCBS CARBON and are using it on all new projects. We are talking to, and working with our clients, planners, collaborators and peers. We are skilling up, training ourselves and others with the ambition that by 2025 our portfolio of projects starting on site will be designed to achieve net zero carbon by 2030. 

Read our detailed timeline below. 

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