To meet the UK’s aim of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, the construction and building sector has been tasked with the responsibility of measuring, reducing and offsetting carbon emissions in the industry. All new buildings are required to be net zero carbon by 2030 and all existing ones by 2050.
This mission is split into two key phases: the construction phase and then the operational phase. In this blog we will focus on the construction phase of achieving net zero carbon.
According to Peter Tse, from the BSRIA (Building Services Research and Information Association), the net zero framework is a key challenge for the construction industry as it requires us to reassess the way buildings are designed, constructed, and run. He goes on to say we need to reconsider the way we do things, commencing a cultural change.
A verified net zero carbon building is one where the embodied emission associated with the building products and the construction itself are measured, dramatically reduced, and also offset with other forms of energy i.e. renewables.