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8 NEWS SUSTAINABILITY


Perkins&Will offers “transparency” on zero carbon goals shortfall


Six months since the launch of its pledge to deliver all internal fit-outs of offices and commercial buildings at net-zero embodied carbon, the London studio of architecture and design firm Perkins&Will has admitted more work is needed to achieve its 2021 targets.


The firm said it recognised the need for “full transparency on our progress, something we feel is often missing on some sustainability pledges. We know some targets set out within the Net-Zero Now manifesto will require more work to stay on plan.”


Adam Strudwick, principal at the firm,


said: “We are already a quarter through 2021, and there is still a long way to go for us to be confident that we will meet the target that half of our projects will be designed to be 100 per cent circular by the end of this year.” He added: “We estimate we are ten per cent to the target. We are


also working harder on what we mean and can achieve through embedded circular design in interiors.”


He also confirmed that the firm hasn’t been able to complete a detailed Stage 2 report on every project started from October last year as pledged in its manifesto. “This was mainly down to the technical requirement being in place at the right time through the project flow,” said Strudwick, “and it’s something we need to improve on in Q2.” Since October 2020, 25 per cent of projects have had a full report produced.


The firm has launched a database of products to enable designers at its London and Dublin studios to specify products that support its net-zero interior pledge. It has been developed collaboratively with suppliers to “capture products from suppliers of all sizes, and to ensure we measure contributions in a fair and


equitable way,” said the practice. Products and materials are scored across metrics ranging from circular principles, to workers rights and the diversity of the supplier’s organisations. Perkins&Will wants the database to be


the “go-to site for sustainable and circular designed products and materials.” Asif Din, sustainability director at the practice, commented: “There is a need to provide clear definitions of circular materials processes within a carbon analysis, which is why we are working with the supply chain to learn what is possible in suggesting initial metrics and definitions. We aim to eventually make this database accessible to all.” The practice said it’s “on track” to meet its goal of all projects being net-zero embodied carbon by 2030. The firm said it “realised it needed to go deeper than focusing on Environmental Product Declarations alone. While EPDs are vital, it is equally essential that small manufacturers with newer solutions who may not yet develop an EPD for their project are also supported.”


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