The Royal Institite of British Architects (RIBA) has released its own guide for the construction industry on climate change, as part of its overall Climate Change Policy.

Presented in several documents, the guide includes a climate change briefing which explains the role played by buildings, both in their design and use, in relation to carbon emissions.

The guide to low carbon standards and assessment methods looks at the energy and environmental standards for commercial, residential and public buildings, while the guide for low carbon design tools covers simulation software for buildings, post-construction performance testing, monitoring and evaluation methods and more.

RIBA president Sunrand Prasad says the guides are a part of a larger RIBA strategy to promote climate change through building and architecture.

“We must design and build both [the institute itself and architecture] to reduce energy use and to de-carbonise the energy supply,” Prasad says.

The guides not only cover new constructions but existing buildings, highlighting emission and environmental issues against the backdrop of building regulations and emissions targets.

“A higher priority needs to be given to improving the existing stock, and fast,” Prasad says.

“Architects have a central role in achieving these aims.”

The documents are available at

By Penny Jones