RIBA Guide to Sustainability in Practice

RIBA Guide to Sustainability in Practice

The RIBA Guide to Sustainability in Practice is an invaluable new sustainability guide for architects, written by architect and sustainability expert Lynne Sullivan OBE. The guide provides helpful first-step information designed to help architects integrate sustainability into their daily practice.

From the drivers of sustainability through to the current and forthcoming EU and UK legislation and policy context, the guide looks at the strong business case for, and benefits of, sustainability for the client. The guide also reveals an easy-to-follow 10 step guide to building a sustainable practice from acquiring the knowledge and skills, through to applying the correct project methodology and how to monitor sustainability projects.

download: RIBA Guide to Sustainability in Practice.pdf (7MB)

The 10 steps, which are explored in detail within the guide, are:

1. Commit to leadership
2. Measure your own impact
3. Benchmark performance
4. Acquire new knowledge with CPD
5. Build sustainable knowledge management systems
6. Develop collaborative project methodologies
7. Consider the uses of software
8. Adopt a knowledge management framework
9. Follow the RIBA Outline Plan of Work
10. Monitor sustainable projects

"Buildings account for fifty percent of total UK carbon emissions and architects have a key role to play in dramatically reducing carbon if we are to meet our carbon reduction goals," said Angela Brady, President of RIBA.

"Many UK architects are world leaders in designing innovative, sustainable buildings. This guide launched at Ecobuild will help spread the key messages of sustainability and encourage more in our profession to consider all aspects of a buildings lifecycle when they are at the early design stages."