The twin crises of climate breakdown and biodiversity loss are the most serious issue of our time. Globally, buildings and construction play a major part, accounting for nearly 40% of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions whilst also having a significant impact on our natural habitats.
For everyone working in the construction industry, meeting the needs of our society without breaching the earth’s ecological boundaries will demand a paradigm shift in our behaviour. Together with our clients, we will need to commission and design buildings, cities and infrastructures as indivisible components of a larger, constantly regenerating and self-sustaining system.
The research and technology exist for us to begin that transformation now, but what has been lacking is collective will. Recognising this, we are committing to strengthen our working practices to create architecture and urbanism that has a more positive impact on the world around us.
Mathieson Architects has joined a growing list of architects and built-environment professionals who have committed to numerous strategies and goals to address the climate and biodiversity emergency. These include switching to 100% Certified GreenPower supply and aiming for our studio to be carbon neutral in 2020.
We have big plans for 2020 and look forward to sharing them with you throughout the year.
Further information regarding Architects Declare can be found at https://au.architectsdeclare.com/
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