One way for architects to have a very significant impact on CO2 emissions is to address the vast inefficiency of our existing buildings stock and carry out an 'en masse' retrofit programme.
Reducing VAT and bringing some real tax incentive would be a good start.
Excellent article from Bill summarising the state of the industry and the urgency for action.
To help with energy efficiency imperatives, the performance gap issues and POE, a precise building standard already exists (no need to try and re-invent the wheel, there isn't enough time...).
The standard has been in place for more than 20 years and has been implemented over thousands buildings (close to 1,000 in the uk alone). I can't stress enough how much of the issues listed above it ticks off and how much easier it will be to achieve the new GLA energy strategy requirements for example if you apply the principles of the standard. It is a simple and clear strategy that everyone can apply given a little time to learn the recipe steps and ingredients. It's called the PassivHaus standard.
POE is important but in my opinion it's a secondary issue to applying good and reliable design principles first.
Totally agree on the misleading nature of this article! Mitigating overheating is about good design, appropriate shading, building form, ventilation strategy and robust modelling such as the PassivHaus standard which includes a mandatory criteria on overheating. Helpful publications available from PassivHaus Trust, Nick Grant, Mark Sidall, Elrond Burrell etc.
How much fee was awarded to the winning entries?
Outstanding 'tour de force' to have turned this old characterful property into a PassivHaus retrofit. By far the most comfortable Georgian house that exist! (Most comfortable listed building even perhaps?)