The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has launched a report outlining the best ways for a building owner to improve existing buildings, with as little physical intervention as possible, to achieve net-zero operational carbon by 2030.
The report presents various solutions to reduce operational carbon output gathered through a crowdsourcing pilot project. These range from whole-house retrofits to smaller, more specific interventions.
The project also asked how office owners and occupiers could improve the connection between live building occupancy and the control of building services to reduce operational energy consumption. Most solutions to this were “well-established and technology-focused” and fell “largely into two categories: demand control or monitoring and analysis solutions”.
The global Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment requires companies, cities, states, and regions to reach net-zero operational carbon emissions in their buildings by 2030.
For the UK, this translates into halving average operational energy use within the same time frame. Through this challenge, the UKGBC wished to “uncover what owners of existing buildings can do right now to significantly reduce operational energy use and carbon emissions with minimal physical intervention and disruption”.
Alastair Mant, head of Business Transformation at UKGBC, said: “There is widespread agreement across our industry that we need to act on climate change. What will be key to tackling this challenge, is collaboration and knowledge-sharing to increase both awareness and adoption of the most innovative sustainability solutions.”
Mant added that the success of the pilot project marked the beginning of an opportunity “to address the shared challenges across our industry and put us on track to net-zero”.
For more details on the solutions, the report can be accessed here.
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