Buildings, Carbon and Resource Efficiency
Simon Sturgis, Sturgis carbon profiling llp; Managing Director
Most new buildings now meet high operational performance criteria, but this is still not enough to meet our international (eg Paris 2015) carbon reduction obligations. Meet the elephant in the room – embodied carbon. This session will explain why tackling embodied and ‘whole life’ emissions is the low-cost, resource efficient route to a low carbon future. Also covered will be the new RICS Professional Statement and RIBA Guidance on whole life carbon reduction, both authored by the speaker.
Passivhaus Proof of Concept; reducing the cost and environmental impact of healthcare buildings
Jamie Andrews, Community Health Partnerships; Investment Director
Passivhaus reduces the requirement for space heating or cooling, whilst providing a better quality internal environment, along with improved air quality.
Community Health Partnerships (CHP) has been exploring the potential benefit when applied to the NHS estate and found that building to the Passivhaus standard could potentially reduce the capital cost of a healthcare facility by 7.7%, energy costs by 31% and the whole life revenue costs by 10%.
We found that these principles may allow us to design buildings that potentially use around 80-90% less energy than conventional buildings. There is a premium on some capital costs associated with the higher specification but the reduction in plant reduced the size of the building significantly, reducing all the downstream revenue implications.
This research identifies the changes necessary to deliver the potential benefits.