With 39% of global emissions coming from buildings and their construction, we need to decarbonise the way we design and build to bring our emissions down to meet net zero targets.
To do this, urgent and ambitious action is required and we, as engineers, architects and consultants have an important role to play.
Early commitment to Net Zero Carbon is vital for success.
In the early stages, we work with the project team to:
Aligned with RIBA Stage 1
With targets set and commitment across the board, the Sustainability Concept can start to take shape.
Our concept design:
Aligned with RIBA Stage 2
We use our concept design to complete a Carbon Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to:
Aligned with RIBA Stage 3
Using the LCA, we develop the detailed design to achieve the agreed targets.
Where possible, we integrate BIM, detailing information on materials and systems, to give owners and occupiers valuable insight into the operation of their building.
Aligned with RIBA Stage 4
We monitor the carbon impact through construction and recommend regular reporting to verify low carbon targets are being met as the design evolves.
Aligned with RIBA Stage 5
The journey to Net Zero doesn’t end once the construction phase is complete.
A detailed handover is important to ensure that carbon management is optimised moving forward.
Aligned with RIBA Stage 6
Annual monitoring and reporting will be required across a buildings life span.
On completion, we ensure carbon performance requirements are factored into facilities management and asset management strategies.
Aligned with RIBA Stage 7
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