As the COP26 Conference comes to a close, we are looking at how the Climate Change agenda may impact the sustainability drive and design of our buildings. This will be the first in a series of insights which investigates the trends, benefits and issues facing the industry.
According to UKGBC, approximately 40% of the UK’s total carbon footprint comes from the built environment. Of this, around half of the emissions derive from the operation and use of our buildings. Tackling the issue of making our current and future buildings more energy efficient is key to lowering our carbon footprint. There is however, another part to this equation. What energy are we using in our buildings? The answer to this question will shape the future design of our buildings and the consequent effect on the cost, planning and viability of our developments.