The global climate emergency is one of the most pressing issues facing architects and the construction industry and affects everything we do.
To tackle this we have an established Sustainability Steering Group that is developing and implementing our roadmap to Net Zero Carbon by 2030.
The team is led by our Architect and Sustainability Lead Sophia Ceneda, who has been instrumental in developing the Low Carbon Design Toolkit, which gives an estimate of a project’s embodied carbon against industry-standard targets as well as a rating on the projects’ low carbon design measures.
She explains: “From early 2021, sustainability champions were designated within each studio and trained in the implementation of the toolkit for their projects in order to help review low carbon design options. The aim is for all new projects to be monitored and benchmarked and for lessons to be shared regularly across the organisation through case studies. In turn, this knowledge base will help to inform clients on the best low carbon design options that are site and project-specific.”
Sophia is a member of ACAN (Architect’s Climate Action Network) and LETI (London Energy Transformation Initiative) and regularly contributes to industry-wide initiatives that strive to improve best design practice in the context of the current climate emergency.
She is a co-author of the ACAN Embodied Carbon group report ‘The Carbon Footprint of Construction – The case for regulating embodied carbon in construction to significantly address the impact of the industry on the climate’ launched in February 2021, with accompanying briefing notes to policy-makers and local authorities. Sophia is also the architect for her own award-winning low-carbon home.