Commenting on this, Adam Strudwick, principal, Perkins&Will, said: “We want to maintain transparency about all the work we do, whether it applies to targets that are on track or pledges we’ve made that need a bit more work to achieve.
“We are already a quarter through 2021, and there is still a long way to go for us to be confident that we will meet the target that half of our projects will be designed to be 100 percent circular by the end of this year. We estimate we are ten percent to the target. We are also working harder on what we mean and can achieve through embedded circular design in interiors.
“Furthermore, we have not yet been able to do a detailed Stage 2 report on every project started from October last year as per our manifesto. This is mainly down to the technical requirement being in place at the right time through the project flow, and it’s something we need to improve on in Q2. Since October 2020, 25 percent of projects have had a full report produced.”
Asif Din, sustainability director, Perkins&Will, said: “Perkins&Will has always considered the environment as a tenet of all our designs, part of this is having a deep understanding of materials and their lifecycles. The net- zero carbon goals build on the Transparency initiative to enable a circular construction industry. However, there is a need to provide clear definitions of circular materials processes within a carbon analysis, which is why we are working with the supply chain to learn what is possible in suggesting initial metrics and definitions.
“The Now Database brings our firm one step closer to achieving the ambitious but necessary targets set out within our net-zero pledge. We aim to eventually make this database accessible to all, to allow the whole construction supply chain from designers to installers, to collectively tackle the climate challenges ahead.”