We know we need to plan for net zero now

This week, the UK recorded its hottest temperature on record. In the same time, the Guardian published "Court orders UK government to explain how net zero policies will reach targets".

Decarbonising our systems and adapting to climate change are imperative. We know this. That’s why we conduct a starting-point energy strategy for developers, to help them make decisions about their key decarbonisation priorities. 

Using the whole-life carbon approach to develop a net zero masterplan

We take a whole-life carbon approach to the built environment based on the UK Green Building Council framework, focusing on: 

  1. Building for low energy use – we assess the expected energy demand of your site and advise you on how to build for low energy use, with consideration to existing and planned building regulations. 

  1. Reduce embodied carbon – we recommend building fabric options for low embodied carbon. 

  1. Switch to low carbon systems - we analyse the carbon differentials of different energy system technologies. 

  1. Develop local renewables – we assess opportunities for on-site renewable generation. 

  1. Use smart management systems – we provide support on the opportunities and technologies for smart management and storage.  

  2. Develop nature-based solutions and offset - we advise on considerations for carbon offsetting for residual emissions.  

Figure 1. Our approach to whole-life carbon, adapted from the UK Green Building Council 

How this will support net zero planning

Our energy strategy work is intended as a starting point for developers late into the development concept or early in the feasibility stages. The work provides decisionmakers with an overview and analysis of the key systems, constraints, and opportunities that they need to consider when developing a detailed energy masterplan. The key outputs to support decision-making are: 

  • Policy analysis - outline the regulatory requirements that will need to guide the energy masterplan 
  • Building and EV needs and demand - quantify the approximate requirement for the needs and demand of the site. 
  • Embodied carbon assessment - quantify carbon impact of different building materials, and provide guidance on LCA needs.
  • Smart management systems - assess how storage technologies would impact energy supply and demand on-site, and what technologies are available.
  • Assess offsetting opportunities - quantify the expected carbon emissions from development and outline pathways for offsetting 

At Urbanomy, we believe net zero is achievable – it’s all about taking the right steps early on.