In May 2019, the Architects Declare initiative was launched by architects in the United Kingdom to raise awareness of global climate change and bio-diversity emergencies and to encourage urgent action from within our industry. The declaration takes the form of an open letter and states,
“The twin crises of climate breakdown and biodiversity loss are the most serious issue of our time. Buildings and construction play a major part, accounting for nearly 40 per cent of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions whilst also having a significant impact on our natural habitats.”
The declaration subsequently outlines the goals that signatories will aim to uphold in response to these global issues.
“Together with our clients, we will need to commission and design buildings, cities and infrastructures as indivisible components of a larger, constantly regenerating and self-sustaining system.”
In August, Pacific Environments became a founding signatory to the Architects Declare New Zealand initiative.
As part of our pledge, we aim to take realistic steps to make a difference by changing the way we operate, being aware of the materials and processes we use in both design and construction, and by designing buildings that are more gentle on the environment and which improve the lives of all New Zealanders.