As part of the UK’s mission to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, the construction industry has stepped up to task on reducing the emissions of the sector through efficiency savings, renewable energy and offsets.
The Green Building Council has set out a framework for how organisations in the industry can work towards this goal where all new and existing buildings and their associated emissions are measured and dramatically reduced in order to achieve a country full of net-zero buildings.
In the UK, the operation of buildings accounts for around 30% of carbon emissions, mainly from heating, cooling and electricity use. For new buildings, the emissions from their construction can account for up to 50% of the carbon footprint associated with the building over its lifecycle.
What is BREEAM In-Use?
BREEAM In-Use is an assessment for building owners and occupiers to measure the environmental impact of their building. It can be used to benchmark and drive sustainable decisions for the improvement of the building’s operation.
BREEAM In-Use can help building decision-makers achieve net-zero carbon emissions through using the tool to measure the performance of the building. The tool uses an integrated energy approach which is world-leading in environmental assessments.
What is the Home Quality Mark?
The Home Quality accreditation is a sign for building organisations to highlight the quality of their residential properties. It is an independent report, provided through experts on home quality and performance.
The Home Quality Mark reports on costs, health and wellbeing benefits, and environmental impact associated with a building, for buyers and renters. The Home Quality Mark attributes a home’s quality through a rating system, as well as a variety of indicators on individual aspects of quality and performance.
The Home Quality Mark can support the net zero carbon buildings ambition for residential properties, through highlighting to the end customer the high quality of the build and the positive environmental impact the building has.
How Can Sustain Quality Help My Organisation?
Sustainability consultants are incredibly knowledgeable in the steps that need to be taken to create net zero buildings for organisations of all sizes. From finding the electrical energy storage that fits your needs to determining energy efficient technologies your building can use, sustainability consulting will be able to identify the best solutions for your organisation.
Some of the assessments that may be used to best determine how you can meet net zero energy include:
- Energy Assessments
- SBEM Assessments (get your free guide)
- SAP Assessments (get your free guide)
- BREEAM Assessments
- Home Quality Mark
A net zero building is the epitome of a high-quality building and property organisation. Our dedicated team offers sustainability consulting Nationwide that will help you achieve your sustainability goals.
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Our friendly team of engineers deliver sustainability and compliance solutions for developments in the commercial and residential sectors. We help organisations to maximise the environmental, social and governance (ESG) value of their buildings with a sustainability strategy that can be measured and improved over time.
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