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Five things architects can do tomorrow to limit climate change


Some sensible ideas here and I must say that I agree with John—Fabric First. See his zero carbon retrofit house in 'The Zero Carbon House' (2011) M.G.Cook. But if only it was up to architects...the 2015 legislation was kicked down the road until 2025. Further lost decades on this issue are not feasible. Post occupancy evaluation is imperative (See the Design Quality Method (DQM)) and BIM has the capacity for accurate metrics, unlike tick box eco-points schemes. As Prof Al Bartlett said, calling yourself sustainable does not make it so, and he also noted that extinction is forever. 'Sustainable energy without the hot air' (2009) by the late, great David Mackay is by far the best source for a scientifically quantified analysis of the energy usage problems and potential solutions. He purposefully set out to analyse and accurately quantify energy use across the board, because he was sick of adjectives such as ‘huge’ and ‘massive’ being applied the potential of renewable energy, for example. A free digital version of the book is available from www.withoutthehotair.com as well as a ten-page digital synopsis. Mackay, unsurprisingly, recommends ‘lifestyle change’ among this ‘first three strategies to reduce energy demand’. A paperback version of the book is available from Amazon etc for about £20. David Mackay’s analysis is simply the best out there, and he was appointed Chief Scientific Advisor to DECC for several years before his tragically early death. I had the pleasure of attending one of his lectures and meeting him when he visited BRE.

Posted date

17 March, 2019

Posted time

9:55 pm