Architects Declare/Construction Declare is a global movement calling for industry change to address the twin crises of climate breakdown and biodiversity loss, two of the most serious issues of our time.
In September 2018 the IPCC declared that there are only 12 years left to limit climate change catastrophe. We now have less than 10, and the UN has declared this the decade of action calling for everyone, everywhere to do their part.
Buildings and their construction have a major part to play, accounting for nearly 40% of energy-related CO2 emissions whilst also having significant impact on our natural habitats. Recognising the immediate and systemic change that is now required, Architects Declare was launched in the UK in May 2019.
The 11 pledge declaration calls on everyone in the construction industry, to commit to the paradigm shift required in practice and sector wide. This means collaborating to create motivation, knowledge and tools to deliver a built environment suitable for the future. The ambition is to transform the built environment by 2030 so that it is planned, constructed, and operated within planetary boundaries, delivering positive social impacts for all.
Architects Declare have now grown to Construction Declare, and includes a network of architects and other disciplines from the built environment representing 25 countries around the world with over 5600 signatures. The Irish Architects Declare was set up in September 2019 and now has 119 members with an active steering group collaborating with local and global organisations and peers to turn the declaration into action and set up the Irish Construction Declares.
Some of our work to date includes:
- Working groups and a steering group to drive the change from declaring to action
- Click here for a list of existing resources and frameworks to help achieve the declaration
- Click here for a presentation to RIAI members and all signatories
- and click here for a guide with 10 practical steps to make your workplace carbon neutral
Much more is planned for the coming months and year. You can follow Irish Architects Declare’s (soon Irish Construction Declare’s) journey on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and of course JOIN the movement here.
Together we can flatten the climate curve too!
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