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TAUT is an exploratory architectural practice based in Melbourne, Australia. The studio works with its clients to develop projects that make meaningful contributions to the way people live.

TAUT was founded in 2007 and is directed by Davin Smith. The central idea was to marry creative design practice with robust delivery experience. The studio has extensive expertise in both these areas and an agile team able to execute them.

Regardless of scale, TAUT applies a rigorous, deliberate and inclusive process. Understanding through collaborative research properly frames the challenge and shapes the project goals at the outset. Solutions are extensively tested and retested to prove their efficacy. And delivery is managed in a reliable and transparent way.

TAUT projects are driven by cultural, social and environmental outcomes. Give more with less.


TAUT achieved carbon neutral certification on the 04/03/2020. To achieve this status and become carbon neutral TAUT undertook the following process:

  1. Commissioned a NoCO2 audit from CRI to measure their carbon footprint for the 2019 financial year (FY2019). CRI’s NoCO2 audit follows the standards outlined by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard (1), in addition to the international standard ISO 14064.1 (2).
  2. Have committed to offset their unavoidable emissions through the purchase of units in approved projects under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Gold Standard, and
  3. Committed to ongoing annual auditing of their emissions.


Rimba Raya Biodiversity Project

Rimba Raya is an initiative to protect and preserve High Conservation Value tropical lowland peat swamp forests; one of the most highly endangered ecosystems in the world. The Project aims to reduce Indonesia’s greenhouse gas emissions and protect the endangered Borneo Orangutan, and other RED listed species, by preserving 64 977 hectares of tropical peat swamp forest.

Rimba Raya is the largest ever REDD project to see its emission reductions verified under the Verified Carbon Standard, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 4 5 million tonnes per year and having already verified over 15 million tonnes to date. The project is scheduled to reduce more than 130 million over the 30 project life.

To find out more about TAUT, go to:

Carbon Reduction Institute