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CallisonRTKL (CRTKL) committed to connecting climate with architecture

Global architecture, planning and design firm CallisonRTKL (CRTKL) has reiterated its commitment to shaping a better world with the launch of CLIMATESCOUT, an open-source climate analysis and educational platform which can help users create more sustainable buildings.

CLIMATESCOUT is free and accessible to all, with this offering part of CRTKL’s ambition for a more sustainable world and the betterment of the building and design industry as a whole.

Through a combination of data and images, CLIMATESCOUT connects climate with architecture, allowing users to design buildings that respond to their environment by providing climate- specific design advice using the Köppen-Geiger climate classification and building scale design strategies from Architecture 2030’s Palette.

Aligned to the launch and its 75th anniversary, CRTKL, which has circa 2000 projects under design at any moments, has unveiled its sustainability report and adopted two important goals for all its projects: all projects will be net zero carbon for operation by 2030 and carbon neutral (including embodied in construction materials) by 2050.

For CLIMATESCOUT, CRTKL has strategically coupled the Köppen-Geiger climate classification system with Architecture 2030’s Palette to create a unique educational tool. The Köppen-Geiger climate classification system empirically maps biome distributions around the world organising regions by similar vegetation characteristics. It is widely used today for applications that must consider different climates, such as ecological modeling or climate change impact assessments.

This is paired with Architecture 2030’s Palette which provides a database of sustainable design principles, strategies, tools, and resources for designers.

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