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Australian Architects Declare
a Climate & Biodiversity Emergency (AAD)

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We aim to
Empower Architects to take responsibility and act
In a way that
We can realise our potential as a community of action
So that
We can be catalysts for regeneration of our ecosystems

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 behaviour. Together with clients, architects 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 to begin that transformation now, but what has been lacking is collective will. Recognising this, AAD architects are committing to strengthen our working practices to create architecture and urbanism that has a more positive impact on the world around us.

In Australia, AAD architects are aware that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have long espoused the cultural, social, economic and environmental benefits embedded in the holistic relationship of Caring for Country.

Australian Architects Declare a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency seeks to:
Raise awareness of the climate and biodiversity emergencies and the urgent need for action amongst clients and supply chains.
Advocate for faster change in the industry towards regenerative design practices and a higher Governmental funding priority to support this.
Establish climate and biodiversity mitigation principles as the key measure of industry’s success: demonstrated through awards, prizes and listings.
Share knowledge and research to that end on an open source basis.
Evaluate all new projects against the aspiration to contribute positively to mitigating climate breakdown, and encourage clients to adopt this approach.
Upgrade existing buildings for extended use as a more carbon efficient alternative to demolition and new build whenever there is a viable choice.
Include life cycle costing, whole life carbon modelling and post occupancy evaluation as part of our basic scope of work, to reduce both embodied and operational resource use.
Adopt more regenerative design principles in studios, with the aim of designing architecture and urbanism that goes beyond the standard of net zero carbon in use.
Collaborate with engineers, contractors and clients to further reduce construction waste.
Accelerate the shift to low embodied carbon materials in all our work.
Minimise wasteful use of resources in architecture and urban planning, both in quantum and in detail.
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Climate change

Embodied carbon

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