Committees

Climate Emergency Committee

Headline Purpose

Chaired by Dominic Morris, the purpose of this committee is to help radically reduce our built environment’s contribution to climate change and to help prepare for the impacts of climate change on Northern Ireland.

How this purpose will be achieved

  • Propose two lists of actions that should be taken in relation to our built environment: (i) Actions to make climate change less severe, and; (ii) Actions to prepare for the impacts of climate change on Northern Ireland.
  • Develop more detailed RSUA position papers on addressing climate change through the design of Northern Ireland’s built environment.
  • Engage with devolved and local government including DAERA (Climate Change), Department of Finance (building regulations and procurement), Department for Infrastructure (planning and transport), Department for Communities (housing policy and urban regeneration) and the 11 local councils.
  • Prepare RSUA’s response to relevant consultations
  • Provide a collective expert view on climate matters relating to the built environment when called upon
  • Engage and co-ordinate with other bodies in Northern Ireland and beyond who seek to address climate change including Climate NI, PCAN, Irish Green Building Council, Universities etc.
  • Propose opportunities for learning, particularly for architects and university students, in relation to climate change. For example, topics and expert speakers for training events, resources for architects and building tours.

Public benefit

The public will benefit by having a built environment which is better prepared for the impacts of climate change and the public will be better informed about what changes we need to make to our built environment to radically reduce our contribution to climate change.

Meeting frequency/pre-arranged dates

This committee will meet quarterly, from 12.30pm until 2pm on the following dates:

  • 12.30pm on Wednesday 22 September 2021
  • 12.30pm on Wednesday 1 December 2021
  • 12.30pm on Wednesday 9 March 2022
  • 12.30pm on Wednesday 15 June 2022
  • 12.30pm on Wednesday 21 September 2022
  • 12.30pm on Wednesday 30 November 2022

Other meetings will be scheduled as required between the standing meetings.

Membership

Climate Emergency Committee Chair, Dominic Morris morrisdominic@hotmail.com

NameOrganisationEmail Address
Alistair BeckettHall Black Douglasadmin@hallblackdouglas.co.uk
Alan BennetAlan Bennett Architectsadmin@alanbennettarchitects.com
Sean CullenQueen’s University Belfastsean.cullen@qub.ac.uk
Peter GreenwoodWhite Inkpeter@whiteink.co.uk
Neil HewittUlster Universitynj.hewitt@ulster.ac.uk
Ben JamesUlster Universityjames-b1@ulster.ac.uk
Maeve GormanPovall WorthingtonMaeve@pwmail.co.uk
John LaveryBGAjohn@bga-ni.com
Donal MacRandalConstruction Procurement DeliveryDonal.MacRandal@finance-ni.gov.uk
Paul McAlisterPaul McAlister ArchitectsPaul@pmcarchitects.com
Jane McCulloughClimate NI
Jayanta MondolUlster Universityjd.mondol@ulster.ac.uk
Ibrahim MottowaUlster Universityi.motawa@ulster.ac.uk
Megan Nelson NilehnConsarc Designmegan.nelson-nilehn@consarc-design.co.uk
Andrew O’DohertyTODD ArchitectsAndrew.ODoherty@toddarch.co.uk
Albert ParkhouseWhite Inkalbert@whiteink.co.uk
Will ThorntonThornton Architecturewill.thornton@thorntonarchitecturestudio.com
Aoife WibergUlster University a.wiberg@ulster.ac.uk

Involvement

RSUA members interested in joining this committee should contact Jude Faloon by emailing jude@rsua.org.uk.

Engagement

If you or your organisation wishes to engage with the RSUA Climate Emergency Committee, please contact Jude Faloon jude@rsua.org.uk

Find out more

Read some of the most up to date and relevant RSUA news articles relating to the Climate Emergency Committee by clicking on the links below

RSUA attends NI Climate Projections event 22 May 2019

RSUA Establishes Climate Emergency Committee 23 August 2019

First meeting of the RSUA Climate Emergency Committee 17 September 2019

Architects Support Climate Action Day 20 September 2019

Climate Emergency Committee update 10 December 2019

Climate Emergency Committee update 18 September 2020

RSUA presents to All Party Group on Climate Action 10 December 2020

RSUA supports adoption of DfI Living with Water Programme 22 January 2021

RSUA urges DAERA to adopt NI net zero emissions by 2050, 29 January 2021