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Dec 22

Design for Disassembly: Takeaways from The Green Register Conference


As part of our commitment to champion sustainable design, retrofit and an industry-wide acceleration towards Net Zero, we’re keen to share knowledge and collaborate. Our architect, certified Passive House designer and net zero carbon lead, Lilly Ingleby was a guest speaker at The Green Register Conference last week (8 December), presenting our design toolkit for reducing embodied carbon.

“Industry-wide, there’s much debate about how to reduce operational carbon i.e. the amount of emissions a building produces once in use, and less about embodied carbon, which is what my presentation addressed,” said Lilly. “This is a crucial part of the construction industry’s transition towards greater circularity, as if we want to design low carbon buildings, we must be able to measure the implications of our design decisions.

“I was encouraged to see plenty of diversity in the audience, with representatives not just from architecture, but ethical funders, ecology, and services designers, illustrating there is a collective willingness to change. These collaborations between the design disciplines are fundamental.

“Much of the discussion that followed focused on the readiness of the industry to design to net zero carbon, including how designing for disassembly and retrofit need to become the default choice. There is much upskilling still required but I’m encouraged by the conversation,” concluded Lilly.

To learn more about our toolkit for designing out embodied carbon, or for sustainable design advice about current or future projects, contact Lilly.