The Government vows that by 2050 we will be at net zero carbon emissions and living in a different time. That means that your business needs to be up to scratch and what better time to start than now.
There are many factors here to consider; for example you need to know where your materials are being sourced.
Virgin materials are materials that are in their raw form direct from nature, such as wood etc. When using these you need to consider replenishment and the impact that their usage will have on the environment. There may be ways in which you can use recycled materials, but the manufacturing of these must also come into consideration.
Fossil fuels are quickly being replaced with renewable energy. Fossil fuels are renowned for the gasses that they produce and whether you're using them in your build, or for manufacturing of materials, the impact on net zero carbon emissions is still the same.
The quicker we start to apply net zero rules the more knowledge we will have by the time these are the norm. Education is key when talking about net zero carbon emission. Essentially the builds will provide us with healthier living and lower running costs.
The design of your build will play a big part in this, so it is something that needs to be considered from the get-go. You need your build to be able to run more efficiently and use less energy throughout its lifetime. There are levels as with any 'compliance'. Some will say that it is impossible for a build to be net zero and some will push to advance to the stage where they're below net zero. The choice will soon be out of your hands, so educate yourself now, while you can. Be the best in this field. Practice makes perfect; now is the time to make those mistakes and learn from them. Soon that option won't be yours.
Together, building and construction are responsible for a large proportion of all carbon emissions. This isn't something that is sustainable.
Embodied carbon emission is carbon that is emitted during the production of materials and, as you can imagine, our industry is responsible for a large proportion of this carbon. Sometimes it is important to look at the ways in which materials are manufactured; Can these be altered to help us move toward the deadline.
Here are a couple of interesting articles.I think it is always worth reading what others have to say.
Energy efficiency is one of the first steps to ensure that your build is as sustainable and as 'green' as it can be. Atspace has been dealing with compliance needs for years and is an excellent port-of-call when wanting to further your knowledge in the 'Eco' field.
We have no choice but to move with the times. They will soon catch up with us and we will have no choice. Let's get educated now, move forward together and surpass the target showing the world that the construction industry isn't just a necessity but a necessity that is working with our environmental needs and flying into the future.
Thursday, 11 June 2020
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