The Road to Zero Carbon

Architects' Datafile November 2022

According to the World Green Building Council, buildings are globally responsible for half of the world’s total CO2 emissions and resource consumption, and 36% of global energy consumption.

In 2019 RIBA joined the international Architects Declare movement to put practical steps in place to reduce emissions in projects, and issued its 2030 Climate Challenge in the run-up to COP26 in Glasgow. This covered a range of targets across different sectors, and a focus on user wellbeing.

We canvassed our readers on their current opinions of industry progress on the zero carbon agenda, their views on the RIBA’s ongoing initiative, and their own progress on zero carbon such as compliance with the Future Homes Standard 2025. Architects are key to the Government’s plan to achieve its legally binding net zero target in 2050, so their insights are crucial.

The results were highly informative, with a mix of respondents supporting RIBA targets, critiquing progress so far, giving their prognosis for success, and offering design pointers for zero carbon. We also engaged experts in the field from the architecture sector to add fuller commentary and give further value to the study. 

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