The day a building opens, between 30% and 70% of all the energy it will ever consume (through construction, operation and maintenance), will have already been expended. Reaching net zero requires this initial carbon investment be radically reduced, and we are committed to helping our clients (both end user and contractors) through the coming transition.
Many sectors of the construction industry have a preconceived idea of the best way to build. Often this is a solution which has been refined over decades, with a reliable supply chain and high cost certainty.
We use our diverse experience and knowledge drawn from across our business to put forward innovative proposals to reduce the carbon embodied within our projects, using strategies such as off-site construction or non-traditional materials, whilst remaining within clients cost expectations and managing risk.
Designing for the Future
As an industry we must stop constructing buildings which are torn down after 20 years. We encourage all of our clients to consider future expansion or possible changes to ways of working during the early design phases, to deliver buildings which have flexibility built in.
We study multiple construction systems and present carbon in the same way as financial cost and through carbon value engineering, seek to reduce embodied carbon without compromising our client’s requirements.
We take a holistic view and work with other consultants to present options in the context of time, cost, quality and risk, for example showing how increased use of cement replacements such as fly ash or GGBH may reduce the embodied carbon of concrete structures without impacting on cost or programme, if these elements can be kept off the critical path.