Construction Companies Turn Sustainable with Net Zero Carbon Targets
Construction companies are encouraged to be more sustainable by the government who are pushing efforts towards net-zero carbon targets. Net-zero refers to the balance between the amount of greenhouse gas produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere. Construction companies are in the trend of reducing carbon prints through fast adaptation of new technologies, digitalisation of designs and delivery, the recasting of supply chain and procurement models. All of which contributes to the effort of net-zero carbon.
The UK’s latest government rules strongly encourage carbon reduction plans in the procurement of government contracts. The Procurement Policy Note (PPN) clearly states that contractors who want to bid for public works will have to pledge to be net-zero by 2050. Commencing this September, any construction projects worth more than £5m a year will have to publish clear and credible carbon reduction plans before being considered.
The goal for the 2050 strategy is for UK construction companies to turn sustainable and build houses that are net carbon zero. A net carbon zero home is responsible for zero carbon emissions, which means it is thermally efficient for all of its energy needed to meet renewable sources. It also means the carbon emissions produced to build the home are offset by renewable energy generation.
How Sustainable Construction Companies Can Meet the Net Zero Carbon Targets by 2050
The Use of Renewable Sources of Energy
New homes should be highly energy-efficient and capable of generating as much energy from renewable sources as they use. The use of solar panels will provide electricity without giving rise to any carbon dioxide emissions. The solar power panels absorb solar energy and convert it to electric power through the photovoltaic (PV) effect.
Build While Reducing Embodied Carbon
There is an immense need for sustainability in the design, construction, and operation of buildings. When embodied carbon is added, the energy and emissions from materials and structures are high. Construction companies should build using a material-first approach to minimise these levels of embodied carbon.
The Use of Building Construction Trends
The construction industry is continually striving to innovate competitive new ideas such as remote technology, modular building, 3D printing, BIM meet Virtual Reality (VR), and more.
For construction companies to meet these 2050 targets, they need modern methods that minimise the gap between theoretical and real-world energy use.
Construction companies have critical roles to play in supporting the transition to a net-zero economy. They have the opportunity to uphold low-carbon building materials, bringing the sector in line with the Government’s net-zero ambitions. Also, to ensure new homes built from today onward are as energy-efficient as possible.
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As an established construction company that has worked on top-quality projects across London and South East, we are sure to handle your project. Our expert team has successfully worked on two sustainable Passivhaus build projects, the Cannock Mill Cohousing, and St Benedict’s School.
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