To date, 230 councils in the UK have declared a climate emergency

Councils are taking action to reduce their own carbon emissions, working with partners and local communities to tackle the impact of climate change on their local area.

– Local Government Association, 2021

CARBON NEUTRAL CONSTRUCTION
WITH A BIODIVERSITY NET GAIN
AT THE CORE OF ANY NEW DEVELOPMENT

We assess planning applications from an environmental offset perspective

We identify the opportunity and provide proposals 

We protect and enhance existing ecological features

We help you increase biodiversity for a 10% net gain

We enable carbon sequestration for full offset

We create external spaces for recreational use

We promote habitats for priority and protected species

ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES AT THE FOREFRONT

By autumn 2021, the new Environmental Bill will set out requirements for new UK developments to evidence a minimum 10% increase in biodiversity on or near development sites.


SUPPORTING YOUR NEW DEVELOPMENT FROM START TO FINISH

Working closely with our partner Stantec, we help you throughout the planning application process – from the initial carbon report and recommendations to delivering net zero builds, onsite/offsite carbon offsetting and biodiversity net gain. We also craft your sustainability story to support your marketing pre and post completion.

Design your zero carbon neighbourhood in a biodiverse ecosystem that fosters a sustainable community fit for future generations to come

We develop a strategy which supports the long-term vision to optimise ecological value within the site.

You’ll have a flagship woodlands site in the development, as well as a nearby premises for achieving comprehensive carbon offsets and biodiversity net gains.

FAQs

The built environment is the centre of human activity, as a whole it is a significant contributor to the global carbon footprint. Buildings themselves, through their lifecycle – from raw materials to deconstruction – account for 39% of global carbon emissions. Of this, operational carbon is responsible for approximately 28%, while embodied carbon makes up about 11% of global GHG emissions. In the UK the picture is similar, the built environment contributes to approximately 40% of the country’s total carbon footprint. The direct operational emissions of buildings accounted for 17% of UK GHG emissions in 2019, producing 87 MtCO2e.

Operational carbon refers to the total GHG emissions from energy sources used to heat, cool, ventilate, light, and power the building. Embodied carbon accounts for the GHG emitted during the manufacturing of materials and the construction process. Energy used for heating is primarily responsible for the emissions associated with operational carbon, making up around 70% of the direct operational emissions from the built environment. In new builds, embodied carbon can account for half of the whole life carbon impacts associated with a building.  

‘Cradle to gate’ embodied carbon refers to the emissions associated with the production of building materials. This is the biggest contributor to embodied carbon, making up 55% of a building’s total embodied carbon. Emissions from material production are largely driven by cement and steel manufacturing. Other significant contributors include emissions from transport and construction processes, accounting for 10% and 20% of total embodied carbon respectively.

A whole life carbon assessment should be undertaken to determine the carbon impact of the building. This should cover the emissions associated with both the construction as well as operational phases. Operational carbon is relatively simple to measure, as it can be extrapolated from occupants’ energy bills. Measuring the embodied carbon of a building can be more difficult. For instance, the embodied carbon in construction materials cannot be determined by the finished product alone, but require self-assessment and transparency from the manufacturer. However there are models that allow you to make estimates.

As well as contributing to the stabilisation of global temperatures through carbon capture, the creation of native woodlands restores local ecosystems and expands habitat for wildlife. The co-benefits offered by NBS allow you to contribute to net-positive biodiversity, while reducing your carbon footprint. Planting locally near the development, means that the social and wellbeing benefits can be felt directly by the inhabitants and surrounding community through the creation of well-managed and accessible green space. 

Offsetting allows you to ‘balance’ out the carbon footprint of your development, by funding emission reductions elsewhere. To achieve net zero operational carbon, offsets purchased should be commensurate with the carbon impacts determined annually. For net zero construction carbon, offsets should be commensurate with the carbon impacts determined at practical completion. 

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