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Climate action

Lark Rise by bere:architects, winner of RIBA South Award 2019, photographed by Tim Crocker

Climate action

As the Royal Institute of British Architects, we're working with members, policy makers and other institutions to tackle the climate emergency.

The climate emergency is the biggest challenge facing our planet and our profession. To have significant impact, we need to turn warm words into meaningful actions.

To support members in their work towards better performance outcomes, we've created a series of guides on designing sustainable buildings, as well as updating the RIBA Plan of Work to embed and encourage sustainable design strategies at each work stage.

The urgency of the task at hand means that we must reduce our carbon emissions from today in order to limit the devastating impacts of global warming. We are therefore encouraging RIBA Chartered Practices to join the 2030 Climate Challenge, which sets out a series of stepped targets to reduce operational energy, embodied carbon and potable water.

The time for action is now, and so we continue to host, participate and promote events focused on tackling the climate emergency.

Find out more about our work on sustainability and climate action below.

Join the 2030 Climate Challenge

The RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge sets out a series of targets for practices to adopt to reduce operational energy, embodied carbon and potable water. If all RIBA Chartered Practices meet these targets, they will play their part in addressing the climate emergency.

Banner image credit: Lark Rise by bere:architects, a RIBA South Award 2019 winner, photographed by Tim Crocker.

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