studio elementare is exicited to be part of Architects Declare, a community for Climate and Biodiversity Emergency.
Here the Declaration - Our Commitment
The twin crises of climate breakdown and biodiversity loss are the most serious issue of our time. Buildings and construction play a major part, accounting for nearly 40% of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions whilst also having a significant impact on our natural habitats.
For everyone working in the construction industry, meeting the needs of our society without breaching the earth’s ecological boundaries will demand a paradigm shift in our behaviour. Together with our clients, we will need to commission and design buildings, cities and infrastructures as indivisible components of a larger, constantly regenerating and self-sustaining system.
The research and technology exist for us to begin that transformation now, but what has been lacking is collective will. Recognising this, we are committing to strengthen our working practices to create architecture and urbanism that has a more positive impact on the world around us.
We will seek 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’s 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.