riba president Marco Goldschmied has pledged to turn the Institute's headquarters into an exemplar of sustainable development.
Speaking at the launch of the 'London Living City' exhibition on Monday night, Goldschmied said he would table his proposal for permanent solar panels and rain collection facilities at the building at the next riba Council meeting on May 15. He told a large invited audience that he wanted to prove even listed structures could be adapted for energy efficiency. Goldschmied's surprise proposal has not yet been costed but will mean getting permanent planning permission for the three solar panels placed across three front windows at riba hq as part of the exhibition.
Television newsreader Jon Snow, who spoke at the AJ-supported event alongside environmentalist Herbert Girardet, said that despite five days of 'rain, rain and cloud' the temporary panels had produced an excess of electricity for the National Grid. He applauded Goldschmied's vision to turn the Institute into a 'bastion of green exhibitionism.' The panels provided 3 kilowatts of electricity on their first day - equivalent to the consumption in a three-bedroom house over 24 hours.