We are the first and only architectural practice in the world to have approved science-based targets and be carbon neutral via the United Nations Climate Neutral Now framework. We were founder members of the UK Green Building Council, are involved in the RIBA sustainable futures group, and most recently have been heavily involved in developing embodied carbon guidance for designers in partnership with LETI.
Practicing what we Preach
As part of our science-based targets we have begun studies on how to retrofit our London and Edinburgh studios to net-zero standards, building on their historic use of 100% renewables. This is alongside our general programme to put climate action at the heart of our business including giving staff extra holidays to use low-carbon travel, committing to go plastic free, and developing a tool to help staff understand their carbon footprint in the context of project decisions.
Data driven practices
We believe that genuine sustainability underpins all truly long-lasting architecture. It must though be supported by evidence and hard data. We push for all projects to have post-occupancy, becoming Building Use Study partners to enable us to carry this out ourselves, and are publically committed to carry out at least one per year. We are also committed to undertake embodied carbon analysis on all projects by 2022, though have already started to do this on many projects.
Driving Net Zero Carbon design
Through the UKGBC and our involvement with LETI we have been helping to define net-zero targets, and are currently working on a number of projects aligned with the UKGBC net-zero framework (both in operation and in construction). We understand, however, that it is not enough to have a number of pathfinder projects, and so now all projects have a series of meetings with our in-house sustainability team to enable net-zero design, including briefing meetings with clients and in-house embodied carbon analysis.
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This year we are supporting a number of schemes, and offsetting our office's footprint of 82 tonnes of carbon
Our 2019 Carbon Footprint is now complete and it shows continued reductions
We join a club of less than 100 companies worldwide and are the only architectural practice in the world to have such targets
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The University of Edinburgh’s new masterplan for the George Square and Bristo Square area
An environmentally ground-breaking office block that creates a new urban crescent and offers an expansive and highly landscaped accessible roofscape
A lavish Victorian Grand Terrace has been transformed to a high-specification modern workspace
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The Powergen Headquarters has been described as the most influential office building of the 1990s.
We engage with a group of worldwide organisations to actively tackle the climate crisis, and lead on the important advocacy role of architects in the built environment. Below is a representative list of the initiatives we have committed to and associations we support: