Sustainability focus in RIBA Plan of Work

Sustainable design highlighted in first guidelines update for eight years

RIBA headquarters, London

In the first overhaul of the guidance since 2013, RIBA has addressed sustainable design in its updated Plan of Work, published at the end of February.

The updated document includes a 17-page ‘sustainability project strategy’, setting out specific actions and tasks at each of the eight stages. These replace the Green Overlay from 2011, and range from appointing a sustainability champion to carrying out post-occupancy evaluation.

The document outlines the desired outcome for each stage, with reference to eight factors derived from UN development goals and includes significant post-occupancy actions.