‘The climate emergency demands urgent action and leadership by architects and the wider construction industry. We must act now, ensuring that new and retrofit buildings deliver net zero whole life carbon in advance of any future regulation.’ - RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge
The AJA aims to help its members, clients and industry partners work towards The Government of Jersey’s 2030 Zero Carbon target.
As Architects we have a responsibility to our clients and industry partners to take the lead on delivering more sustainable buildings and retrofitting existing building stock.
The AJA has formed a climate group and is working with other Industry partners to educate and lead the island on the changes required in the construction Industry to work towards Carbon Neutrality and a sustainable future.
The objectives of the AJA climate group are based upon the principles of Architects Declare:
- Raise awareness of the climate emergencies and the need for action amongst our members, clients and supply chains.
- Advocate for faster change in our industry towards regenerative design practices and a higher Governmental funding priority to support this.
- Share knowledge and research to aid and support sustainable design.
- Evaluate all new projects against the aspiration to contribute positively to mitigating climate breakdown and encourage our 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 our 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.
‘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.’ - UK Architects Declare
- NEW PERSPECTIVES, CRITICAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH. THE ECONOMIC COUNCIL, JERSEY. DECEMBER 2030
‘In respect of our Carbon Neutrality aspirations it is a well reported fact that buildings are currently responsible for 39% of global energy related carbon emissions: 28% from operational emissions, from energy needed to heat, cool and power them, and the remaining 11% from materials and construction. Given that we have less than a decade to meet our stated target and acknowledging the extended project gestation periods (e.g. a 200 unit Affordable Housing scheme at Feasibility Stage now is unlikely to be fully occupied before 2024) immediate action is required to change thinking, either by carrot (incentives) or stick (enhanced Building Regulations requirements) as in the current commercial environment the added capital cost of delivering more sustainable buildings will ensure the status quo remains, without direct policy intervention.’