Climate Emergency Committee

Headline Purpose

Chaired by Alan Ritchie, 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 6 September 2023

        • 12.30pm on Wednesday 29 November 2023

        • 12.30pm on Wednesday 7 February 2024

        • 12.30pm on Wednesday 1 May 2024

        • 12.30pm on Wednesday 28 August 2024

        • 12.30pm on Wednesday 6 November 2024

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


      Climate Emergency Committee Chair, Alan Ritchie,

      NameOrganisationEmail Address
      Alistair BeckettHall Black
      Alan BennettAlan Bennett
      Sean Cullen*Queen’s University
      Maeve GormanAlastair Coey
      Peter GreenwoodWhite
      Neil Hewitt*Ulster
      Ben JamesUlster
      Erl JohnstonAlastair
      Ryan Johnston*Ulster
      Donal MacRandalConstruction Procurement
      Martin Marshall*Marshall McCann
      Paul McAlisterPaul McAlister
      Barry McCarron*South West
      Colin McCrossanStrategic Investment
      Jane McCullough*Climate NI 
      Jayanta Mondol*Ulster
      Ibrahim Mottowa*Ulster
      Dominic MorrisMcNally Morris
      Liam MuldoonEcocity
      Megan Nelson-NilehnConstruction Procurement Delivery (CPD)
      Andrew O’DohertyTODD
      Lisa ParkStudio Park
      Albert ParkhouseC60
      Alan RitchieC60
      Will ThorntonThornton
      Aoife Wiberg*Ulster
      Jane RogersQueen’s

      *not a qualified architect, but is an architectural professional


      RSUA members interested in joining this committee should contact Jude Faloon by emailing


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      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

      Moving NI building regulations towards net zero

      RSUA response to DoF consultation on fire safety

      RSUA response to DAERA consultation on NI emission reduction targets and carbon budgets

      Fully Funded OCN NI Level 5 Certificate in Green Technologies

      Fully Funded Certificate in Retrofitting Domestic Properties 

      Useful Resources

      Scotland’s approach to affordable housing 

      Climate Action Network’s ‘climate emergency conservation area toolkit’

      NIHE Journey to retrofit

      Ten-year performance assessment of Wimbish passivhaus

      Addressing overheating risk in existing UK homes (Arup)