Free on-demand webinar

RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge - rising to the performance challenge: what it means for Architects

The year 2030 is just eight years away and the race to net zero has begun. Over 1200 Architects have already pledged their support for the UK Architects Declare Climate and Biodiversity Emergency. As such, the architectural industry is changing and pressure is mounting on architects, urban designers and planners to do more to achieve ambitious net zero targets. Now is the time to become part of the solution.

Why view this webinar?

  • Hear inspiring keynote speeches from sustainability experts at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) 
  • Learn about the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge and how Architects and Urban Planners can play their part in addressing the global crisis
  • Gain an understanding of how RIBA’s Sustainable Outcomes Guide can support architects and urban designers to meet the 2030 challenge
  • Understand why embedding building performance considerations into the process right from pre-design stages on into operation is essential 
  • Find out about a range of building performance evaluation techniques and tools including highlights from recently developed tools from IES specifically designed to meet these challenges, including new automated reporting for RIBA 2030 challenge

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Event Agenda

Keynote Speakers: RIBA 2030 challenge & Sustainable Outcomes  

  • Jess Hrivnak, RIBA Sustainable Development Adviser 
  • Gary Clark, HOK & RIBA Member, Sustainability Expert

Introduction to new IES building performance assessment technology for Architects & Urban Designers

  • iCD – sustainable urban design & early stage masterplanning tool for developments with multiple buildings 
  • VE Gaia – early stage design analysis tool for individual buildings


  • Role of building performance assessment in achieving RIBA 2030 Challenge, from pre-design to building operation
  • Operational energy, embodied carbon, water use, health & wellbeing, sustainable communities, connectivity & transport
  • Seamless analysis link through these new pre-design stage tools on into the VE, including new automated reporting for RIBA 2030

External Case Studies    

Real world application of Building Performance Analysis

  • Mesh Energy - Doug Johnson, Director & Founder: Case Study: Dibden Hill Farm
    • Discussing building performance analysis at RIBA Stage 2 and demonstrating the likely performance of the proposed design considering: fabric-first design, operational energy, embodied carbon, overheating, natural daylight, indoor air quality and potable water use.
  • HTA Design - Rory Bergin, Partner, Sustainable Futures
    • Discussing how the firm is aligning its current projects to the RIBA 2030 challenge and their processes for collecting and reporting on the data over the last 18 months.


Eric Roberts

Business Development Manager, IES

Ian Pyburn

Business Development Manager, IES

Gary Clark

HOK & RIBA Member, Sustainability Expert

Jess Hrivnak

RIBA Sustainable Development Adviser

Doug Johnson

Director and Founder, Mesh Energy

Rory Bergin

Partner, Sustainable Futures, HTA Design

Richard James

Business Development Manager, IES