We are delighted to have recently achieved Climate Positive Status, we believe we are the first architects practice to do so.

We decided to become a Climate Positive practice after measuring our operational impact for 2019 and 2020 with Planet Mark. We are making efforts to reduce this impact directly by changing business and office behaviours. We achieved a 39.5% reduction in absolute carbon emissions in 2020, and chose to offset 200% of residual emissions. 

“We’re very committed to sustainability, health and wellbeing and it’s really rewarding to achieve this status.”  Laurie Chetwood, Chairman, Chetwoods.

We hope that by showing that we are responding to climate science as a practice, we communicate our commitment to do the same in the buildings we design, in recognition that the construction industry is responsible for 40% of carbon emissions. 

We are committed to going further by leading the industry in emissions reductions, and are helping businesses develop healthier and more sustainable architecture through the use of good design. More and more of our clients are seeking Climate Positive status, and we are holding sustainability workshops across project value chains to interrogate design specifications, ultimately driving down emissions on various building layers and components.  In 2020 this allowed us to deliver the first development to be verified as net zero carbon for construction, in line with the UKGBC framework.

We hold regular sustainability workshops across project value chains to interrogate design specifications, ultimately driving down emissions on various building layers and components. With the involvement of the entire project team in these discussions, Chetwoods delivered the first development to be verified as net zero carbon for construction, in line with UKGBC framework.

“We recognise that this achievement is just a next step along the road – we need to continue to reduce our emissions and drive positive change within the industry.” Laurie Chetwood.