RIBA Releases 2020 Work Plan


The Royal Institute of British Architects published its Plan of Work 2020 late last week, a guide for the design and construction of buildings.

For the first time, RIBA’s plan includes a Sustainability Project Strategy, which provides instruction aligned with the RIBA Sustainable Outcomes Guide for each stage of a project, ranging from appointing a sustainability point person to carrying out a post-occupancy evaluation.

“The RIBA Plan of Work continues to be an extremely relevant and highly effective tool for the construction industry,” said RIBA President Alan M. Jones. “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.”

According to the Architects’ Journal, RIBA has attempted to address concerns over the absence of a sustainability focus in the previous Plan of Works. The institute has spent six years consulting hundreds of construction industry professionals for the new document, the latest update in its 57-year history.

RIBA says that guidance on the 2020 Overview is based on nearly seven years of feedback from the construction industry. It now includes an expanded glossary, comparison to international plan of work equivalents and guidance on the following core project strategies:

  • Conservation Strategy;
  • Cost Strategy;
  • Fire Safety Strategy;
  • Health and Safety Strategy;
  • Inclusive Design Strategy;
  • Planning Strategy;
  • Plan for Use Strategy;
  • Procurement Strategy; and
  • Sustainability Strategy.

As mentioned, the Sustainability Strategy is based off the Sustainable Outcomes Guide, which corresponds to key United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Those outcomes include:

  • Net-zero operational carbon;
  • Net-zero embodied carbon;
  • Sustainable water cycle;
  • Sustainable connectivity and transport;
  • Sustainable land use and biodiversity;
  • Good health and wellbeing;
  • Sustainable communities and social value; and
  • Sustainable life cycle cost.

Tagged categories: Architects; Architecture; Certifications and standards; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); EU; Good Technical Practice; Sustainability

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