Our Approach

FCBStudios have been committed to the development of low energy building design since the practice was established in 1978.

As founder members of Architects Declare we are supporting our clients in their pursuit of low and zero-carbon development. We are engaged with designers and contractors across the industry to improve operational performance and reduce carbon impacts of construction.

The practice is engaged in design review and Local Authority planning development initiatives to target improved biodiversity and lower carbon performance and supports the 'Edge' initiative to encourage collaboration between the construction sector professional institutions.

Through the sharing of knowledge and research across the industry, the road to net zero construction will be clearer and easier to achieve.

Response to Architects Declare

Peter Clegg was one of the founding signatories of Architects Declare, developing the manifesto to create architecture and urbanism that has a more positive impact on the world around us.

For everyone working in the construction industry, meeting the needs of our society without breaching the earth’s ecological boundaries will demand a paradigm shift in our behaviour. Together with our clients, we will need to commission and design buildings, cities and infrastructure as components of a larger, constantly regenerating and self-sustaining system.

FCBStudios published our response to act on the eleven points made by Architects Declare in September 2019. Read them here and our route to net carbon zero here.

Open Knowledge Exchange

The practice has a track record of collating benchmark performance data on a range of building types to inform strategic design decision making.

In 2010 FCBStudios published 'the Environmental Handbook' which was replicated in a downloadable app in 2014. This shared best practice in the application of sustainable design principles. 

We have been involved in the development of open-source data platforms such as 'Carbon Buzz' to encourage knowledge sharing and identify performance gaps in use. Currently, we are updating the energy tracker platform, in collaboration with Max Fordham, with a view to making this information more widely available.

Open Knowledge Exchange

FCBStudios lead a naturally collaborative design process, where clients and design team members are empowered to work together to develop solutions. Our architects are also actively involved in organisations working towards more sustainable outcomes including: 

Architects Declare Steering Group
The Assoc. of Environmentally Conscious Builders
Retro First
The Edge
Climate Heritage Network
RIBA Climate Challenge 2030