News / 08-Sep-22

PBWC Architects become RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge Signatories

Written by Josie Dorling
PBWC Architects become RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge Signatories

Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole Architects recognise that we have a major role to play in fighting climate change as commercial buildings and homes make up 44% of Cornwall’s total carbon emissions. Embodied carbon associated with the extraction, manufacture, transportation, maintenance and disposal of materials account for a third of emissions in the built environment whilst operational energy accounts for two thirds of emissions. Whilst we aim to minimise our carbon footprint through the way our practice operates, there is no doubt that our building projects present the greatest opportunity for addressing the global climate crisis.

With this in mind, PBWC Architects has now signed up to the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge alongside a growing body of other environmentally minded practices. The challenge provides a stepped approach towards reaching net zero carbon for both new and retrofitted buildings by 2030, a trajectory which provides a realistic prospect of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 under the Climate Change Act.

It enables us to integrate sustainability into the heart of our design process by assessing our projects against performance targets which aim to reduce operational energy, embodied carbon and potable water use and improve health and wellbeing. The practice has a Sustainability Working Group dedicated to carrying out these assessments, who then advise our clients on suitable strategies to improve building performance. These will not only present environmental benefits but offer clients social and economic benefits such as reduced lifetime running costs and improved occupant health and well-being.

We have produced a Client Sustainability Guide which we hope will help our clients to further understand the aims of the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge and what it means for their projects.

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Josie Dorling
BArch(Hons)  MArch  PgCert  ARB Josie joined PBWC in 2018 having graduated with... Read More

BArch(Hons)  MArch  PgCert  ARB

Josie joined PBWC in 2018 having graduated with a distinction in her master's degree at the University of Sheffield.  She previously worked in London gaining experience in the private residential, mixed-use, and masterplanning sectors.

Whilst undertaking her thesis project, Josie developed a passion for older people’s housing and care.  Her research into how architects can use design to improve quality of life by avoiding social isolation and loneliness amongst residents informs her approach to practice today within the Later Living and Care team. She also has a strong interest in environmentally sustainable design and plays a key role within the practice’s Sustainability Group, primarily providing support with implementing the practice's committments as signatories to the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge.

Josie qualified as an Architect in 2022 after gaining a distinction in her training at the University of West England, Bristol.

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