In a series of short videos, the AJ asked experts in sustainable design why whole-life carbon is important for architects to think about in their day-to-day work.
Our director and the author of The Re-Use Atlas: A Designer’s Guide To The Circular Economy, Duncan Baker-Brown, gives his thoughts on designing sustainably in these clips. The first video in the series asks why whole life carbon matters for architects.
Duncan Baker-Brown, director of BBM Sustainable Design
Hero Bennet, principal sustainability consultant at Max Fordham
Michael Pawlyn, director of Exploration Architecture
Mina Hasman, associate at SOM and member of RIBA Commission on Ethics and Sustainable Development
Anthony Thistleton, founder and director of Waugh Thistleton Architects
We have less than twelve years to radically change our approach towards the environment, and avert an increase in global warming above 1.5C, which will cause huge consequences for millions of lives. Individuals making sure to recycle and use canvas shopping bags is not making a big enough impact; we need entire industries to completely overhaul how they operate. The UK construction industry contributes at least 40% of the UK’s entire carbon footprint. Architects are therefore in a unique position to contribute towards reducing our carbon footprint, because we decide exactly what materials our built environment is made of and where they come from. As Duncan Baker-Brown, director of BBM Sustainable Design says, “That’s why it matters, we’re right in the middle of the problem.”