Climate Change

Low carbon standards and assessment methods

Low Carbon Standards and Assessment Methods Full Guide

Low Carbon Standards and Assessment Methods

Low Carbon Standards and Assessment Methods Second Edition

Low Carbon Standards and Assessment Methods Executive Summary

Low Carbon Assessment Methods Summary

Low Carbon Standards and Assessment Methods Executive Summary (A5)

Climate change brought about by man-made emissions of greenhouse gases has been identified as the greatest challenge facing human society at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Carbon dioxide is one of the major greenhouse gases; low carbon buildings are designed to produce significantly lower carbon dioxide emissions than others, helping to mitigate climate change.

The adoption of low carbon performance standards is a key component of the architectural profession’s response to the challenge of climate change.

This document provides an overview of recommended low carbon performance standards and associated assessment methods for new and existing buildings. These standards are generally more challenging than the minimum regulatory standards, and they are recommended for adoption by architects in order to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy use in the buildings they design.

The RIBA's guide to Low Carbon Standards and Assessment Methods is available as the full A4 Guide, or an A5 Summary. Both are free to download:


Alternatively, to receive a printed copy of the Guide to Low Carbon Standards and Assessment Methods, or any of the other guides, please contact us.
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