When it comes to carbon, we’re looking at the wrong numbers.
Government regulations aimed at making buildings more sustainable, while introduced with the best intentions, completely miss the mark when it comes to embodied carbon.
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By only offering incentives tied to the energy performance of buildings, it nudges the real estate industry towards new builds over retrofitting existing stock – and in the process ignores the carbon emissions created by the additional building materials.
If the country hopes to meet its new ambitious climate targets, then Whitehall needs to totally rethink how it approaches calculating carbon in the real estate sector.
It’s an area where industry is miles ahead of government – as Hari Phillips, co-founder and director of Bell Phillips architects, Anna Woodeson, director at LTS architects, and Chris Cummings, head of technical sustainability at Savills discussed in the second episode of Property Week’s Climate Crisis Challenge podcast.