Part 1 examines the origins of certain design practices and sources of carbon emissions.
Part 2 presents a vision for the future, supported by case studies of real projects that have successfully reduced carbon. The case studies have been deliberately chosen - highlighting commonly-encountered scenarios, rather than showcasing glamourous extremes.
Part 3 offers advice on how to advocate for improved design, and the ways an individual can contribute.
‘Business as usual’ is incompatible with climate emergency, and deep changes across the design, construction, use, and re-use of buildings and infrastructure are required if we are to have any chance of providing a sustainable environment for the 9.7bn people who will share our planet in 2050.
We must make carbon considerations as important as our safety calculations. Every project must change.