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Survey shows architects most trusted on sustainability

Architects are best placed to draw up the briefs for sustainable, low-carbon retrofit projects, according to new research

A survey conducted by the AJ with consulting engineers Zisman Bowyer and Partners (ZBP) found that 71 per cent of respondents strongly agreed that the architectural profession was best equipped to draft the sustainability brief for a building.

Just 15 per cent felt the same way about clients leading the brief.

Almost 70 per cent of respondents also indicated that building users should be trained to help a structure meet its sustainability aspirations.

ZBP senior partner David Saffin said: ‘The AJ  research  is enormously valuable in determining the direct ion of travel for the industry in order to meet clients stated outcomes.

‘It is clear that the benefits of  user engagement in post occupancy building performance is well understood but equally the research indicates a need to promote the wider use of simulation tools alongside  initiatives such as “soft landings” to provide a route map for performance achievement through user engagement from the outset. The findings suggest an avenue for further research.’

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