News 16th November 2022 Net Zero

The UK Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard will lay out performance targets for all asset types in the built environment, and Workman is proud to be collaborating with clients on contributing to this vital industry initiative.

There is now a ‘call for evidence’ from the group of leading organisations behind the UK Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard (BBP, BRE, the Carbon Trust, CIBSE, IStructE, LETI, RICS, RIBA, UKGBC) who are collaborating on a project to develop a standard for verifying UK buildings as Net Zero, as reported in Property Week.

This will set out metrics and targets to be met including: energy use, upfront embodied carbon, lifecycle embodied carbon, as well as heating/cooling demand and peak load. They are also looking at carbon accounting, renewable energy, residual emissions, and carbon offsetting.

This is a significant and crucial step in simplifying and standardising the approach for Net Zero carbon in property and development. It will be based on current evidence as a starting point for the target-setting process.

Having endorsed the need for a common standard, Workman is keen to support this. Our ESG team is currently reviewing properties and projects where we have been involved in producing Net Zero Asset Plans, Whole Life Carbon Assessments and Energy Models.

This week, one of our leading ESG experts, Hedley Jones, Partner, Head of ESG Refurbishment and Development, will be a part of the briefing call with the UK Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard working group, ahead of their reporting deadline of 16th December 2022 for the initial evidence call.

If you’re prepared to provide consent for anonymised data to be used as part of this call for evidence, please contact [email protected]