Collaboration is needed across the profession: with engineers, with architects in other parts of the world, with governments who can make changes. We work across disciplines and with research and campaigning groups to support regenerative design practices and apply our knowledge to our work.
Using natural systems which respond to the local climate should be an integral part of the design process to face the challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss.
Climate responsive design is not relevant to any one region in the world. Whether designing in the UK, Scandinavia, East Africa or South America, understanding the local climate and responding to that climate in a way that lessens the impact of a project's embodied, operational or full life-cycle carbon is imperative.
The Climate Responsive Design microsite has been created as a means to engage with people across the globe, to share knowledge built through first-hand experience, to form collaborations, and start conversations so that together, as an industry, we can affect change.
Part Z is a proposal for an amendment to the Building Regulations, in order to demonstrate a mechanism for introducing embodied carbon into law.
If enacted, the amendment, along with the accompanying “Approved Document Z”, would mandate the assessment and reporting of Whole Life Carbon on all building projects over 1000m2 from 2023 (residential buildings from 2025), and set mandatory limits on the Upfront Embodied Carbon emissions on those projects from 2027.
Written by a group of construction industry sustainability leaders, including FCBStudios Associate Tim den Dekker, the authors have published the proposals at www.part-z.com and are calling on industry leaders to visit the website and add their support for the need for embodied carbon regulation.