Interview: Two of LETI’s founders talk about how the group began – and what next

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Clara Bagenal George and Julie Godefroy share the inspiring story behind Building Design’s Architectural Leader of the Year

LETI (the London Enegry Transformation Initiative) and its initiator Clara Bagenal George were named Architectural Leader at this year’s Architect of the Year Awards.

The story behind the group - which now numbers hundreds of volunteers - and the impact it is having is inspirational.

Bagenal George, an engineer at Elementa, and Julie Godefroy, sustainability director at CIBSE who has also been involved from the start, talk about how LETI works and how it came about in an interview for the Building Talks Net Zero podcast.

This podcast series, created by our sister title, Building, is available on all the usual podcast platforms every Monday, but we are giving our subscribers the chance to hear an extended version of the conversation which took place at Elementa’s offices with Building Design’s assistant editor Elizabeth Hopkirk and Building’s editor Chloe McCulloch.

Asked about how she copes with the at-times bleak outlook for the planet, Bagenal George says: ”I just focus on the positivity of what we are trying to do together, and I don’t go in the dark corner of despair… I’m not going to worry about what everybody else is doing but I can focus on buildings and my own personal lifestyle.”

The pair also share three simple things every architect can do to start working towards a net zero carbon future.

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