Climate Change


2nd Edition Toolkits launched

The RIBA has released an update to the popular series of climate change toolkits, giving our members an introduction to the science and issues behind global warming, and the technical skills, tools and design solutions necessary to tackle climate change.

A total of nearly 10,000 printed toolkits have already been provided free to our members, with more downloaded online. The second edition, updated toolkits include fresh links and introduction to the latest guidance. CABE and the Energy Saving Trust have helped us to develop this extensive resource, together with Peter Rickaby Associates and SE2.

Each of the toolkits gives an overview and introduction to a particular area of professional knowledge, and provides a detailed guide to further sources of authoritative information. This will enable our members to keep up to date with the latest information in a rapidly changing environment. It is part of our aim to enable architects to provide more energy efficient and low carbon solutions to their clients.

The current series of toolkits includes:

Click on the links above or images below for further details and to download the documents.  To receive hard copies of the publications, please contact the RIBA Information Centre.

Updated Climate Change Toolkits

Carbon Literacy Briefing

Carbon Literacy Briefing

Sets out the range of fuel use and carbon dioxide emissions associated with new and existing UK buildings of different types and with different servicing systems, and identifies key factors that affect carbon dioxide emissions. Also includes links to sources of energy and environmental benchmarking data.

Principles of Low Carbon Design and Refurbishment

Principles of Low Carbon Design

Covers both domestic and non-domestic buildings, summarising the key principles that should be adhered to in order to achieve a low carbon design, and provides links to sources of more detailed information. Finally, the guide presents some information about new and renewable energy systems.

Skills for Low Carbon Buildings

Skills for Low Carbon Buildings

Covering the skills and competencies required for low-carbon design and refurbishment, setting out the RIBA's minimum expectations of members, identifying appropriate sources of training and CPD, and including links to key training providers.

Climate Change Briefing

Climate Change Briefing Cover

The process and forecasting of climate change, the nature of the challenge and the role of the built environment in causing, as well as mitigating and adapting to global warming.

Low Carbon Design Tools

Low Carbon Design Tools

Performance simulation software for buildings of different types, post-construction testing, and performance monitoring and evaluation methods, as well as references to further details.

Low Carbon Standards and Assessment Methods

Low Carbon Standards and Assessment Methods

Energy and environmental standards for residential, commercial and public building types, both new and existing, as well as links to details of assessment methodologies.

Designing for Flood Risk


This guide takes a design-lead approach to planning for and designing against flood risk. It gives users a general understanding of the main issues that flood risk gives rise to, followed by an overview of current policy and legislation. 

Finally, wherever possible, it will outline potential design strategies for integrating place-making, sustainable design, and the control and mitigation of flood risk.

Lots more flooding information, cases studies and further publications here.

Whole Life Assessment for Low Carbon Design

While Life Carbon Assessment

This toolkit provides a definition of whole-life carbon assessment, identifies different types and sources of data, presents different methods of analysis and debates issues around risk, timescales and data quality.

It also includes a self-assessment matrix which design teams can use to help get started on whole-life assessment. 

Download the toolkit here.

To be announced...















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