Our investment in positive impact
At TODD Architects, we embrace our responsibility to create and deliver designs that are rooted in ESG: Environmental, Social, Governance.
Measuring the impact of ESG goals is complicated. Our ESG framework is designed around a set of metrics that apply across all aspects of our practice. It is further tailored to the wide range of sectors we operate in and the varying challenges they face. We have clear long term ESG goals, where each area has its own ‘roadmap’ broken down into distinct milestones. Our overarching Governance strategy ensures each area stays on track and collective responsibility is upheld.
As a practice, we recognise that climate breakdown and the rapid erosion of biodiversity is the most serious threat of our time. Buildings and construction play a major role, accounting for nearly forty percent of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. To help tackle this threat, sustainability and social impact are core considerations within our evolving design process.
We are committed to working with our clients to develop holistic sustainable design solutions, carbon neutral buildings and places. Our multi award winning Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) secured the highest BREEAM rating for any public building in the province and is regarded as a UK wide exemplar in low energy design.
Early environmental engagement with clients allows us to undertake sustainability assessments for all projects; i.e. BREEAM, LEED, SKA, WELL and/or NABERS. We aim to attain the highest achievable accreditation for any assessment method selected.
We design for Net-Zero Carbon in long-term use, not just build and delivery. By managing the ventilation, heating and daylighting systems we use, we try to make it as easy as possible for people to use our buildings sustainably well into the future.
We understand that sustainability is no longer an ‘optional’ consideration when it comes to designing high quality buildings, it is critical. We are members of Architects Declare, RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge and UK Green Building Council.
Our Environmental Commitment
As a practice we believe in taking responsibility for our business’s environmental impact and as such we have pledged to achieve Net Zero operation by 2028 with an ambition to reach it earlier.
To deliver on this commitment, we have engaged an external carbon footprint measurement specialist to both measure our current business footprint and to work with us to develop our Carbon Reduction Plan including robust GHG reductions targets.
Our net zero pledge is to commit to reducing our Scope 1 & 2 GHG emissions 50% by 2025 and 100% by 2028.
We are committed to becoming a net zero practice by 2028 through the following essential steps:
Scopes 1 and 2 by 2028 and Scope 3 by 2040.
Measure our Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions footprint in accordance with PPN-06/21, science based principles and GHG Protocol
Set annual carbon reduction targets and publish our footprint data and progress
Reduce energy use through efficiency initiatives. Sustainable waste reduction as part of scope 3 in or Carbon Reduction Plan.
Switch to renewable energy sources
Pursue nature-based solutions to carbon removal to off-set.
We recognise that as a professional architectural practice, we have obligations to the users of our buildings, wider society and the environment. In recognition of the intrinsic impact we have on communities at a societal level, we launched our Social Value Strategy in 2022. The strategy sets out clear metrics, goals and actions to bring added value to the work we do. It also provides a common thread to the many initiatives we undertake each year to improve the lives and environment of those around us.
We want Social Value at TODD Architects to be meaningful, especially when viewed in the context of our primary objective to design and deliver high quality spaces and places for people.
Our Social Value Commitment
We have identified three main areas where we can add value through:
- What we do as a practice
- What we do on projects
- What we can do to influence others
Our commitment is to seek to maximise the value we can bring to these areas by making Social Value a key consideration of everything we do both at corporate level and project level. We want to use our Practice and our projects as a ‘force for good’ in order to collectively make a difference.
Our Board now aims to frame all decisions in the context of the societal value added.
We have an established committee made up of representatives from across our studios to guide and implement our Social Value agenda.
We have developed policies and procedures to create conditions where Social Value is meaningful and not simply a tick box exercise or afterthought.
We proactively seeking out Social Value opportunities.
We record and evaluate the impact of our activities and strive to continuously improve.
We seek to affect others within our sphere of influence including our subconsultants, collaborators and suppliers
We regularly review our strategy and action plan to ensure we are delivering Social Value.
We report the Social Value generated as a business and on projects.
Our Governing Board is comprised of 8 Directors and one Non-Executive Director Nicky Dunn OBE. The Board meets bi-monthly. Supporting our Board are our Associate-led steering groups who directly lead day to day projects, working with our Architects and other members of the team.
The Practice benefits from the perspectives of the Board members and management team who collectively possess extensive industry knowledge and capabilities, an invaluable asset for the growth and the governance of the business.
Our commitment to Governance
Our board takes the lead in driving responsible business practices in order to enhance performance targets and improve all processes relating to ESG.
The following focus areas are reviewed annually to ensure the maintenance and improvement of our ongoing governance arrangements:
- Structure And Oversight
- Cyber Security
- Morals And Ethics
- Business Continuaity
- Values Framework/Culture