As world leaders gathered in Egypt for the COP27 Climate Change conference this month, South West architectural practice PLACE architects will be planning their latest Sustainability Symposium looking at how to design for the climate crisis.

The Launceston-based practice has been bringing together like-minded professionals from Devon and Cornwall over the last 12 months to look at the issues and real-world obstacles to ‘building in’ sustainability, whether in new homes, commercial developments or retrofitting.

The aim is to develop a sustainability action plan for the industry that can be applied to projects across the South West and help meet the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) 2030 Climate Challenge targets around energy, embodied carbon and water use.

On Thursday 24th November the latest lunchtime discussion will focus on low carbon materials, when to specify them, how easy it is to source them and how planners, architects and engineers can work with the building industry to make decisions to use low carbon materials more confidently.

PLACE director, Mark Kemp, said: “The climate crisis is the biggest challenge facing our planet. We want to work across industry to investigate how we can embed sustainable practices, materials and design into projects across the South West. We need to look not just at the performance of buildings but the embedded carbon involved in their construction, and that’s where choice of materials is critical.

“This will be our third Sustainability Symposium and we’re keen to see other architects, planners, engineers, quantity surveyors, builders and builders’ merchants take part. It’s an informal but always lively discussion, with lunch thrown in, so we hope it proves as popular as our previous events,”

The Sustainability Symposium takes place on Thursday, 24th November from 11am to 2pm at PLACE architects’ Northgate Studios in Launceston. Reserve your free place here.