3 ways in which digital technologies contribute to reducing the negative impact of the architectural environment on the planet

In one of the industry’s leading annual sustainability reports, Callison RTKL, a global architectural planning and design consultancy, has revealed three key ways digital technology is being used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from current construction by 40%.
The report highlights the importance of the effective use of technology in construction processes to achieve more sustainable results. In turn, Callison RTKL has committed to having 50% of its projects adopt building performance simulation by the end of the year, whereby the performance of these projects is innovatively tracked and measured using a digital dashboard.
This comes within the framework of the company’s commitment that all its projects achieve the conditions for a positive impact on the climate from an operational point of view by 2030; In terms of materials used by 2040, and in line with efforts made across the region, a recent survey showed that 82% of IT decision makers in the UAE consider sustainability to be one of the most important factors for the success of their organizations to achieve science-based goals. .

Commenting on the topic, Kashev Davidar, partner at Callison RTKL, said: “Innovative digital technologies that make building designs more sustainable are the key to creating a low-carbon architectural environment. reduce emissions, promote carbon neutrality efforts to achieve, and contribute to setting standards for design that has a positive impact on the planet.”
The three main ways that rely on digital technologies to reduce the impact of the architectural environment on the world include:

Climate Explorer
Calison RTKL launched the award-winning Climate Scout, a first-of-its-kind open source platform that enables users to design unique buildings that meet construction site requirements by providing climate-specific design advice that encompasses all aspects of a building. Climate Scout simultaneously connects climate, designs and architectural elements appropriate to the surrounding environment, and contributes to improving the ability to interact through a diagram showing the relationship between design strategies and climate conditions. It is worth noting that the platform has achieved remarkable success since its launch less than a year ago, with 14,000 visits.

The platform integrates the Köppen-Geiger climate classification with building design strategies from Architecture 2030’s Palette and is included in Fast Company’s 2022 World-Changing Ideas list. The electronic platform uses a combination of images and data to improve the ability to create designs for buildings that are flexible, renewable, low in emissions and able to blend in with the surrounding environment.

performance-based design
Performance-driven design is a data-driven design process that combines digital and traditional tools to design buildings that are low-emission, more resilient and responsive to climatic conditions. This process is characterized by flexibility, whereby it can be used to meet all project objectives and provide designers with information and guidance that adopt scientific principles, research methods and performance simulation in an increasingly complex world, improving the quality of any project and the value .

Data analysis and computer design
Computational design, by taking advantage of the capabilities that data offers, aims to provide the highest possible value by providing design solutions that meet the needs of clients and societies.
Relying on many evidences and indicators about the social, economic and environmental impact of architectural design, the simulation of building performance performs the largest analysis of the information and data available to create a design that delivers tangible benefits to people, the surrounding environment and the world. .
Data analysis in the design process contributes to improving sustainability in the architectural environment by reducing the impact on the natural environment.
Kashev Davidar added, “As one of the leading companies in computer design and product development, we continue to improve our company’s knowledge and provide responsible design solutions that are highly responsive to climate conditions. We also feed our designs with sustainable strategies using a series of ready-made tools developed by the team company”.

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