This web-based resource, which offers users a platform for learning and discussion, was developed by the Institute to engage the architectural community with sustainability as an inspiration for design, and to pitch green design as an emerging business opportunity.
The content of the Sustainability Hub will initially be centred around four core elements:
- A comprehensive set of design strategies illustrating how to embed the strategy through the conceptual stages of design.
- Relevant and inspiring case studies focusing on the design process, not just the finished building.
- A blog introducing the latest projects and ideas relating to sustainability, content updates, and discussion regarding the experience of RIBA members. High-profile guest bloggers will also be featured alongside a number of regular contributors.
- An expanding series of short films tied into the design strategies, each focusing on one architect, building and design strategy.
The RIBA has ambitious plans for the future growth of the hub, to include book reviews, discussion platforms, related events, and a directory of education and CPD opportunities.
"The RIBA has been at the forefront of sustainable and low carbon design for some time," said Ruth Reed, President of RIBA. "In developing the Hub, we envisage that it will help to form the central, one-stop site for all of the Institute's work on sustainability."