WilkinsonEyre switches off for Earth Day

WilkinsonEyre is due to switch off its head office in London on Monday 22 April to support Earth Day. The simultaneous switch off will include small power, appliances, computers, lighting, and ventilation.

We have installed remote energy monitoring as part of our ongoing post occupancy evaluation research with an aim to understand and reduce our base load energy use which can be between 20-40% of the total energy of a building.

As part of the RIBA commitment for greater disclosure of energy data, we plan to share our office energy data over the next year to see how low we can go without effecting workflows. Watch this space.

Gary Clark, Head of Sustainability at WilkinsonEyre has recently been appointed as Chair of the influential RIBA Sustainable Futures Group. The group is one a number of committees that provide oversight and leadership for the future direction of the RIBA and architecture. As well as advising the RIBA on sustainable architecture, and to be part of the RIBA Stirling Prize judging panel, the role of chair is to oversee the current revision of the RIBA Plan of Work and sustainability guidance. The guidance is planned to be published in Autumn 2019, and will include a new RIBA Sustainability OverlayRIBA Sustainable Outcomes, and a new Plan For Use guide. The principles will be included in a revised RIBA awards submission, to ensure that all RIBA award winning projects promote best practice.

Gary commented: “I feel honoured to be appointed to this important role and build on the work of previous leading thinkers in the field. My aim is to ensure that the RIBA remains the leading professional body in the field of sustainable architecture. To achieve this, we have to clearly define what is sustainable architecture and how this is achieved consistently”