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RIBA publishes comprehensive new Plan of Work

Find out more about the RIBA Plan of Work 2020 – the definitive guide for the design and construction of buildings.

27 February 2020

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has published the RIBA Plan of Work 2020 – the definitive guide for the design and construction of buildings.

For the first time, the RIBA Plan of Work includes a Sustainability Project Strategy which provides actions and tasks aligned with the RIBA Sustainable Outcomes Guide for each project stage. These range from appointing a sustainability champion to carrying out Post Occupancy Evaluation.

The updated document responds to detailed feedback from the construction industry. New additions include a section comparing the Plan of Work to international equivalents and nine Project Strategies including Fire Safety and Inclusive Design.

RIBA President, Professor Alan M Jones, said:

“The RIBA Plan of Work continues to be an extremely relevant and highly effective tool for the construction industry.

This new version reflects the huge environmental and societal challenges we face – as a planet and an industry.

As chartered architects, we have a responsibility to ensure the delivery of high-quality, safe and sustainable environments; and the RIBA Plan of Work 2020 is our essential, definitive guide for doing so.”

The RIBA Plan of Work 2020 and RIBA Sustainable Outcomes Guide have been developed to support the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge, an initiative to encourage RIBA Chartered Practices to achieve net zero whole life carbon for all new and retrofitted buildings by 2030.


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1. The RIBA Plan of Work comprises eight stages, which are designed to act together to inform the briefing, design, manufacture, construction and use of a building. The RIBA Plan of Work can be used by a client at the outset of a project, to help them set up their project, or by any project team member during the project, as a constant point of reference – to remind them of the core tasks that should be undertaken at any particular stage.

2. The RIBA Sustainable Outcomes Guide aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and outlines eight clear, measurable goals that practices can aim for on projects of all scales, underpinned by specific design principles to achieve them.

3. Read our latest 'Design Matters' report 'Good Design Doesn't Cost The Earth' which highlights innovative, proactive measures that architects are taking across the UK to design sustainable buildings, built for the future.

4. The RIBA has also published the 10th Edition of the RIBA Job Book which fully reflects the RIBA Plan of work 2020 and contemporary working practice, providing a systematic operational framework that can be applied to all types of building project and forms of procurement.

5. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a global professional membership body that serves its members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment. Follow @RIBA on Twitter for regular updates.

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