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Weekend roundup: Stirling Prize goes to the right kind of sustainability


It's a shame that Simon Sturgis was sacked for speaking truth to power, as it is only on the basis of rigorous quantitive analysis that we can solve this one. Architecture is about to get a great deal more scientific and technical. Interestingly, the Bloomberg building was mentioned in an article by Steve Webb in last month's RIBAJ, claiming that design decisions about materials are damning the world to further climate change. He quantifies this in terms of a 'Range Rover Shopping Trip' (RST) to his local supermarket, which he estimates produces about 400g of CO2 each. To quote from his article directly: "Claiming that, for example, Bloomberg London’s building is sustainable because of its systems is beyond ridiculous. The structural designers proudly state: ‘In the interests of delivering a building of visual impact as well as longevity, steel tonnages were not seen as a limiting factor.’ The fabricator boasts: ‘The project included 15,500 tonnes of steel installed – 1,000 tonnes more than used on Brooklyn Bridge and more than double the weight of the Eiffel Tower.’ Next to these figures its future energy consumption seems utterly trivial; 116 million RSTs to all involved." I make that 116m x 400g = 46,400,000,000 grammes of CO2 (46,400 Tonnes).

Posted date

12 October, 2019

Posted time

3:02 pm