Our Approach
Our 40 years of experience and combined skills underpin our approach to design and our support of clients who are demanding responses in the face of potentially catastrophic climate change and biodiversity loss.

We are working towards the imperative transition to a zero-carbon economy. Using benchmarks of standard building types within each sector and establishing models of zero carbon buildings for the same, we apply first principles to each new project.
FCBStudios are setting carbon performance targets for all projects currently at planning stage and the inclusion of zero carbon plans for all projects completed from 2025 in order to establish achievable operational performance in use by 2030.

Our design approach not only targets the direct construction and operational carbon impacts of the environments we design, but considers ways to encourage more ecological, minimum resource use, and carbon positive lifestyles and consumption.
One Planet Living
Since 2004 FCBStudios have been working with Bioregional’s vision for a world where we can all live happily and fairly within the Earth’s resources. We have helped to test the application of the ten One Planet Living Principles within architecture, establishing goals and guidance for achieving environmentally and socially sustainable change.

In 2017 FCBStudios became the architectural founding partners of OnePlanet.com, a web tool that will enable wider engagement with the OPL initiative.
Zero Carbon Timeline
We are establishing design processes for client carbon targets to be demonstrated at each project stage, incorporated into specifications, delivered on site, and monitored in use.

By April 2020 all FCBS projects up to RIBA stage 3 will include alternative zero carbon plans.
In 2020 all projects will have One Planet Living Action Plans, and all projects submitted for planning will include an achievable zero carbon plan.

By 2025 all projects completed on site will include zero carbon plans with operational performance targets for 2030.
Regenerative Design
Our ambition on every project is to create positive social and environmental outcomes: improving the functional use of land for local communities, balanced with improvements in biodiversity, and reduced negative impacts from climate conditions and severe weather events.

FCBStudios are working to establish benchmarks to balance these outcomes in the context of the very different development densities, ranging from rural to inner city.
Retrofit First
Retaining, retro-fitting and intensifying the use of existing buildings is a key means to tackle the climate emergency whilst enhancing historical character and social and economic capital.

The industry has the skills to extend the life of buildings to benefit from the embodied carbon in foundations and built fabric, giving renewed value to existing structures whilst upgrading services and accommodation to respond better to contemporary needs.
Our expertise in historic building conservation alongside our research and knowledge of sustainable design encourage and facilitate creative re-use. Examples of our refurbishment and creative reuse work include Middleport Pottery, University of Bristol Richmond Building, Murrays’ Mills, Southbank Centre, Alexandra Palace, Fareham Theatre and the School of Bioglogical Sciences, University of Edinburgh.