1997 - Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change
What if CO2 was to create an architectural wake-up call
[THE LINK BETWEEN ARCHITECTURE AND CLIMATE REACTIVATED DUE GLOBAL WARMING] Global temperature change over the past 2,000 years. Sources: EPICA, Dome C, Antarctica / NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies / Alfred Wegener Institute climate model © Philippe Rahm architectes, 2020.
The sector relating to sheltering of human activities, which can be encompassed under the term of architecture, globally emits 39% of global greenhouse gas emissions, mainly for heating or cooling. By contrast, the aviation industry amounts to only 2%. Architecture is therefore at the forefront in the fight against global warming, which is reflected in the implementation of thermal regulations, new standards and recommendations that as a first step seek to limit energy consumption, which is still 85% dependent on fossil fuels. A new architectural style is now appearing, where the meteorological parameters of space, air, light, heat, humidity, their behaviours and physical characteristics, such as convection, conduction, pressure, emissivity, effusivity and diffusivity, become the new tools of architectural and urban composition.