Current scientific advice indicates the key design requirement for the safety of all humanity’s infrastructure and the wellbeing and sustainability of natural ecosystems and species is an 80% reduction of fossil fuel production within two decades.
To meet social & economic needs while phasing out this energy source, we will need to consider the consequential issues of a sustained decline in energy supply and material consumption in all sectors of the economy.
We suggest a three-pronged approach is used, supported by documentation defining appropriate design outcomes & methodologies:
- Building Code minimums - as per the currently proposed approach, including simplified methods.
- Building Code Acceptable Solutions, Verification Methods and Alternative Solutions, giving guidance on optional better practice.
- Government building procurement done as a sustainable building programme that is able to address all phases of the design, materials supply, construction and operation process.