Architecture schools must prioritise teaching students net-zero design skills, says Anthropocene Architecture School founder Scott McAulay.
Architecture schools must prioritise teaching students net-zero design skills to effectively prepare them for future work, says Anthropocene Architecture School founder Scott McAulay.
Speaking to Dezeen, McAulay said that if the industry is to help alleviate climate change, emerging architects must be taught how to eliminate carbon emissions from the built environment, which is responsible for around 40 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions.
A failure to do this so far has left a “massive knowledge gap in the industry” in which many architects practice sustainability as a method of damage control, he explained.
“We need to have a really frank conversation about the way we’ve been practising sustainability as a whole, it has become a buzzword and it is effectively just damage control,” McAulay told Dezeen.
“At this point, it needs to be entirely normal to start an architecture degree and to be taught in a context of a climate emergency where we have been told that we should be net-zero and curbing carbon emissions as fast as possible,” he continued.
“If [the design of a building] is not basically near net-zero, it’s already outdated, it’s already archaic,” he explained. “It’s not performing as we know it needs to, so that has to be the established standard.”
“Everything has to change”
Net-zero carbon buildings are designed to eliminate all possible emissions in both embodied carbon, which are emissions caused by the construction supply chain, and operational carbon, which are emissions caused by the building’s use. Any remaining emissions must be offset using schemes that remove carbon from the atmosphere.
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