We are proud to be among the signatory members of the 1.5oC COP26 Communique spearheaded by Architecture 2030. As leaders in the international building industry, we understand the importance of reducing carbon emissions for a lasting built environment. Government leaders from around the world will be convening for climate negotiations at the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP 26) October 31 through November 12 in Glasgow, Scotland, and the communique is our demonstration of compliance and action to limit greenhouse gas emissions.
We recognize that existing buildings are an important piece of the climate solution. “What exists today will continue emitting greenhouse gases (GHG) unless we make changes. The act of building can also be GHG intensive, so we want to be deliberate in what needs to be demolished or built new,” says Julia Siple AIA, LEED AP, BD+C, and Senior Associate for Quinn Evans. “We aim to adapt, reuse, and celebrate the history of what we currently have. The most sustainable solution is to ensure that our projects will be sustainable.
As stated in a recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), unless there are immediate, large-scale reductions in greenhouse emissions that limits warming to 1.5oC, we will soon be beyond repair to the impacts of climate change. Watch this short video from Architecture 2030 on how to take action and get more information on their website.