The RIBA Sustainability Hub includes sustainability information such as design strategies and case studies.
Sustainable design aims to reduce the adverse effect of human activities on our world, particularly climate change.
Architecture is responsible for about 45% of the carbon dioxide (greenhouse gas) emissions in the UK. Architects are a large part of the problem of tackling climate change, and consequently the solution - sustainable architecture.
30 Oct 2012
Sustainable Architecture Videos
Films about the Built Environment and the Climate
e-architect feature a series of eight videos from Green.TV about creating sustainable cities.
Interview with Daniel Libeskind, Architect
How do you involve the local community when developing your architecture projects?
Interview with Richard Rosan, President of Urban Land Institute
Why is capturing land value not more widely used as a way to finance infrastructure investments?
Interview with Pablo Vaggione, Lead author of the UN-Habitat Guide for city leaders
What is the ideal density for a city to be sustainable?
Interview with Mpho Franklyn Tau, Mayor of Johannesburg
How important is it to involve Johannesburg's citizens in the city's planning programmes?
Interview with Joan Cloas, Head of the UN-Habitat
What are the key elements for good urban planning in the 21st century?
Interview with Holger Dalkmann, CEO Embarq/WRI
How does urban planning influence our transportation patterns?
Interview with David Cadman, President ICLEI
How are climate issues linked to urban planning and sustainability?
Interview with Abha Joshi-Ghani, Senior Manager World Bank
With scarce resources, what solutions are available to finance the infrastructure needs of cities?
11 Dec 2011
Sustainable Architecture News
Climate Talks Deal
UN climate talks closed with an agreement after they ran nearly 36 hours beyond their scheduled close.
The European Union will place its current emission-cutting pledges inside the legally-binding Kyoto Protocol, a key demand of developing countries.
image from architects
Climate Talks on a new legal deal covering all countries will begin next year and end by 2015, coming into effect by 2020.
Management of a fund for climate aid to poor countries has also been agreed, though it remains to be agreed how finance will be raised.
6 Dec 2011
Sustainable Architecture - News
Text from Avaaz:
Our oceans are dying, our air changing, and our forests and grasslands turning to deserts. From fish and plants to wildlife to human beings, we are killing the planet that sustains us, and fast. There is one single greatest cause of this destruction of the natural world - climate change, and in the next 3 days, we have a chance to stop it.
The UN treaty on climate change - our best hope for action - expires next year, but a dirty and greedy US-led coalition of oil-captured countries is trying to kill it forever. It's staggeringly difficult to believe, but they are trading short term profits for the survival of our natural world.
The EU, Brazil and China are all on the fence - they are not slaves to oil companies the way the US is, but they need to hear a massive call to action from people before they really lead financially and politically to save the UN treaty. The world is gathered at the climate summit for the next 3 days to make the big decision. Let's send our leaders a massive call to stand up to big oil and save the planet - an Avaaz team at the summit will deliver our call directly:
Things are becoming desperate - all over our planet extreme weather continues to smash records, leaving millions homeless and without food or shelter. We’re rapidly reaching our point of no return to stop runaway climate change - we only have until 2015 to start making drastic reductions to our carbon pollution.
Yet despite this very real urgency, the world has failed to mobilise against the fossil fuel captured democracy of the US. Not only content with wrecking the Copenhagen talks and the Kyoto Protocol, they are now building a coalition of climate treaty killers to put the final nail in the coffin of international negotiations in Africa.
Our only hope to turn things around lies with Europe, Brazil and China - they can make a deal happen, but they need to do it together, and that’s where we come in. Europe is tired, it’s fought long and hard on climate and needs a public boost. China has already agreed to binding commitments, is sensitive to its international reputation, and could lead further if we give it an encouraging push. And Brazil is hosting next year's earth summit - making them eager to set the world up for climate success. Let’s build a giant global call to bring our champions together and build a green dream team.
The crazy focus on short term profits that motivates countries to stall and scuttle action on a climate crisis that literally threatens the survival of all of us cannot be tolerated. Fortunately, our movement has the power to intervene in this process and demand change. Let’s stand together and inspire others to stand with us for a safer, more humane world.
Sustainable new town
Northstowe, Cambridgeshire, England
BedZED, south west London Bill Dunster Architects / ZEDfactory
Sustainable Architecture 'Demonstration Project' in UK
Zero Carbon housing
BowZed - four apartments, Bow, Tower Hamlets, East London Bill Dunster Architects / ZEDfactory
Only carbon neutral commercially-built development in UK at time of writing (2007).
Features: extremely high levels of insulation; triple glazing; photovoltaic solar cells; wood pellets boiler; Swift wind turbine; wind assisted heat exchange ventilation