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First zero carbon building plans progressing

31 July 2020

Development plans for the UK's first net-zero carbon commercial building are being finalised by Landsec.

Plans for construction of The Forge facility in Southwark, London will align with the requirements of the UK Green Building Council's (UKGBC) net-zero carbon buildings framework.

As a result, both construction and operation will be in line with UKGBC requirements to achieve the zero carbon standard.

Landsec has stated it believes that this is the best way of addressing emissions that result from a company's processes that are created at sources it is unable to control, which are known as 'scope 3 emissions'.

Both construction and supply chain emissions fall within the scope 3 description, created by actions such as construction and assembly of a building, manufacturing of products and transportation of materials.

The example of The Forge will be applied to all future Landsec developments in that they will also align with UKGBC net-zero requirements for construction and operation.

The company was previously involved in a trial alongside Bryden Wood and Easi-Space that saw a number of positive outcomes through applying net-zero processes.

These included a 55% improvement in construction productivity, a 30% reduction in installation time and expected cost savings of 33% compared to traditional construction techniques.

In addition to the time and cost savings, the process saw carbon emission reductions of nearly 20%.

Landsec chief executive Mark Allan said the company aims to be a net-zero carbon business by 2030.

"That means we have to start making the changes to the way we do things now," he continued.

"We know that property companies have a vital role to play in addressing the climate emergency.

"We're clear, therefore, that our sustainability strategy must be deeply embedded in our development programme and we will continue to be ambitious in our approach," said Mr Allan.

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