3 June 2019

Heatherwick Studio signs commitment to climate action

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Heatherwick Studio have joined the 270+ UK architecture practices and studios who have signed a commitment to climate action set up by 17 founding members.

We have all committed 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 regenerative design practices and a higher Governmental funding priority to support this
  • Establish climate and biodiversity mitigation principles as the key measure of our industry‚Äôs success: demonstrated through awards, prizes and listings
  • Share knowledge and research to that end on an open source basis
  • Evaluate all new projects against the aspiration to contribute positively to mitigating climate breakdown, and encourage our clients to adopt this approach
  • Upgrade existing buildings for extended use as a more carbon efficient alternative to demolition and 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 reduce both embodied and operational resource use
  • Adopt more regenerative design principles in our studios, with the aim of designing architecture and urbanism that goes beyond the standard of net zero carbon in use
  • Collaborate with engineers, contractors and clients to further reduce construction waste
  • Accelerate the shift to low embodied carbon materials in all our work
  • Minimise wasteful use of resources in architecture and urban planning, both in quantum and in detail.

To view the letter and full list of signatures, please go to www.architectsdeclare.com