Sustainable Development Goals @ RoosRos

Nieuws/21 August 2023

In today's world, architects are asked to find both creative and practical solutions that helps reducing the impact of the construction industry in the pollution emissions and resources consumption. Climate change is a pressing issue demanding urgent action. Architects must address this challenge by reducing buildings' environmental impact through energy-efficient designs, sustainable materials, and renewable energy sources.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), established by the United Nations, address critical global challenges like climate change, inequality, and environmental degradation.
In 2015, the United Nations has agreed to 17 goals for a better world by 2030. These goals have the power to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change. Architecture and the built environment are part of the current problems but are also vital to the solutions we need to accomplish the Goals. UN has made a commitment that the Global Goals will be realized by the year 2030.

The big Why
RoosRos Architecten is driven by the mission ‘Respectvol Rentmeesterschap’, which embraces many points of the Sustainable development Goals.
We feel responsible for a living and working environment that contributes to the well-being and happiness of people. Not only today but also tomorrow, for current and future generations.
Architecture has an impact on each of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), and architects can, partially, change the world by making sustainable choices in the way that they model and design buildings, communities, landscape and urban planning.

Implementation of the SDG’s at RoosRos
In the last couple of years, important steps has been taken towards the implementation of the SDG’s at RoosRos. We have a team of expertise in house, with different roles and skills (biobased materials, circularity, biophilic design, SDG’s, sustainability labels, etc.) that are advising colleagues during the design process, facilitating the implementation of the SDG’s in our projects. We see the SDG’s as a toolbox to make sustainable choices.

We started a couple of years ago by sharing knowledge related to the SDG’s, and by sharing some inspirational project cases from architectural firms that have been proactive with the 17 Global Goals approach. Later we created an SDG's RoosRos project database with projects from our company that are already linked to some goals of the SDG's. This project database helps us in having an overview of the most sustainable projects done at RoosRos.

Integration in multiple design phases
The intention behind the Global Goals is that everybody should contribute in different design phases, according to their roles in the company.
So far we have integrated more intensively the SDG’s as a tactical approach for a few pilot projects. This will be more and more common in the path that leads us towards 2030.

We are making use of the Global Goals as an inspiration for how to create value with our projects, with the clear intention that the relevant goals are supposed to be realized by 2030. Important is to use this date as a frame for documenting and communicating the value creation.

Guided by the goals, it is now up to all of us, governments, businesses, civil society and the general public to work together to build a better future for everyone.

Manuel Magnaguagno