Building back better.

It is a “Big Deal”

The UK is to set a legal target to slash its emissions by 78 per cent against 1990 levels by 2035 in what we would call a “Big Deal”.

This is a truly transformational goal and cements the UK’s position as a global leader in decarbonisation. This will mean one of the largest, fastest, and most consequential industrial revolutions in history and now that nearly every major government and business in the world has signed up to achieving it, you would have to be a very brave person to bet against it happening!

UK policy will unleash waves of new climate policy and low carbon investment. It also means that before a child starting school this year has graduated, the country will be more than three quarters of the way towards building what could be a “world first”, Net Zero emission economy.

With raw economics now firmly working in favour of accelerated decarbonisation, we have a strong position to drive environmental and sustainability objectives within our building projects.

We want to help you to play your part in the acceleration towards Net Zero.

Our strategy is one which points to a world in which all electricity comes with zero emissions, gas boilers are being sent to recycling centres in their millions, woodlands and peatlands have been expanded and restored, electric vehicles are completely dominant and new multi-billion pound industries have been established to capture our industrial emissions, produce our hydrogen, and decarbonise our buildings, aircraft, and ships.

We are part of that picture and are helping to make the Net Zero transition happen. Right now! This is why Sustainability is a central pillar of our business.

We know the technologies that exist to put us within touching distance of the overarching net zero goals. We know those technologies can slash costs, boost health outcomes, improve quality of life, improve profits, create value, and help us ‘build back better’ in every sense.

What we do for our clients

The gap between what needs to be done and what is actually happening is still widening by the minute.

We help our clients ‘mind the gap’ by offering practical and commercial advice on sustainability within the built environment, striving for more than the targets that are embedded in policy and regulation.

Adopting a deliberate and managed process, we help our clients formulate project-specific sustainable briefs and ensure they are implemented throughout the project life-cycle.

We introduce our clients to sustainability consultants who can fully support the team in achieving goals which often include targeting NABERS, BREEAM, Fitwel, WELL, SKA or LEED accreditation. We facilitate communication and coordination between all stakeholders, ensuring that we are doing everything necessary to ‘build back better’ and that the very many benefits of sustainable development are realised.

Sustainability is famously defined as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” and there is a growing understanding of the effect human activities are having on our planet, and the fear that these activities will cause irreversible damage.

Environmental impacts - Sustainability

The goal of environmental sustainability is to conserve natural resources and to develop alternate sources of power while reducing pollution and harm to the environment.

Sustainable development addresses the environmental impact by incorporating measures to reduce CO2 emissions or measures to reduce water consumption in a bid to help address climate change.

Social impacts - Healthy Buildings

A key aspect of sustainable building design is to ensure that occupant health and well-being is promoted. The pursuit of sustainable building design has often focused too closely on energy efficiency and carbon reduction, ignoring important factors concerning occupant welfare.

Economic Impacts

Most people assume that sustainable building projects come with a financial burden, and for many years the ‘eco premium’ was common. However, there are clear and measurable economic benefit of ‘green buildings’ for both developers and occupiers. One of the primary economic benefits of green buildings is the lower running costs, as reducing energy means reducing energy costs. As important but perhaps less measurable is creating a healthy building environment that encourages innovation and a strong profitable businesses.

Resource Center

British Property Federation’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG): why it matters and why you should act now:

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How to talk about Climate Change:

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