As architects we have an ethical responsibility to design for the health of people and our planet. In many ways, they’re inextricably intertwined. That’s why our approach to sustainable design considers the environmental, social and economic factors to be part of a single, interconnected solution.
Make’s six principles of sustainability – Carbon, Environment, Community, Wellbeing, Connectivity and Green economy – are guided by the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge, the LETI Climate Emergency Design Guide, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Together with clients, we’re targeting net zero whole life carbon design by 2030, with a particular emphasis on embodied carbon.
We’re signatories to the World Green Building Council’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment (NZCBC), the UN’s Race to Zero, and the UK’s Architects Declare. Our in-house sustainability taskforce, Make Neutral, has a mission to deliver our net zero carbon vision for both projects and the practice. This involves educating Makers, clients and collaborators, strengthening our design process, emphasising post-occupancy evaluation, and minimising carbon within our own studios.
In line with the NZCBC, we’ll continue operating our London studio at net zero carbon (scope 1 and 2) and transition our Hong Kong and Sydney studios to net zero by 2023. This means reducing direct emissions from heating and cooling and indirect emissions from electricity consumption. By 2030, we’ll be disclosing and offsetting scope 3 emissions, which include business travel and the embodied carbon of our studio spaces.
Architecture should improve people’s lives in meaningful ways and help the natural world recuperate and flourish. At Make we’re working with partners and experts across sectors and geographies to develop design solutions that deliver a healthy, long-lasting future for all.
Make will annually review its sustainability policy and disclose scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions – as defined by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol – and the actions we’ve taken to mitigate them.