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Half a century of sleepwalking towards climate change


I share Bill’s frustration that the clock is ticking towards an irreversible and existential threat, and there are not enough signs that the industry or policy makers are taking the problem seriously enough. This is why, later this year, the RIBA will fully embed sustainability into the Plan of Work and provide the way in which teams can target sustainable outcomes in the brief, manage the delivery of them through each stage and undertake meaningful analysis up to 3 years after handover. This is not the only action that we are taking. Only last month, RIBA Council approved updates to our Codes of Professional Conduct and Practice requiring members to promote and support the value and benefits of monitoring and reporting on how a building operates and performs in accordance with design intent. The Codes also include a note to say that clients should be informed of the value and benefits of post-occupancy evaluation. It's a shame, but we do not think an obligation to do POE is yet possible. In my own experience even professional clients such as Housing Associations fight shy of doing the obvious thing. However, I made a commitment during my election campaign that by the time I leave office, there would be a basis upon which any architect and client can agree to undertake post occupancy evaluation of a meaningful kind. Next week, when I meet Kit Malthouse, I shall make the case to that POE should be compulsory on any project involving the use of public money. There’s always more that can be done. But, at RIBA, we’re not sleeping on the job. Ben Derbyshire PRIBA

Posted date

16 April, 2019

Posted time

8:41 am