KSS join Architects Declare Initiative

We are proud to be amongst the first 600 chartered RIBA practices that have signed an open letter declaring our commitment to help resolve the current world climate and biodiversity emergency.

Sustainability has become a major issue of our time, and one the design and construction industry simply has to address. As architects helping to shape the future built environment, we embrace our obligation to promote sustainability as a core design objective and actively encourage clients to adopt a positive approach to thinking beyond the short term and setting higher targets.

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’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.

At KSS, we are working hard to develop our processes to enable us to deliver on this commitment.

For more information: https://www.architectsdeclare.com/

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