Beyond buildings for the good of our planet
Building better starts with thinking about our natural environment, front and centre. A sustainable built environment should be resilient and future proof. It should be designed with energy efficiency in mind, longevity, flexibility and naturally should be low-carbon and low-impact on the environment. Using recycled materials and managing waste are also critical components of environmental sustainability.
The built environment accounts for:
- 45% of total UK carbon emissions (27% from domestic buildings and 18% from non-domestic).
- 72% of domestic emissions arise from space heating and the provision of hot water.
- 32% of landfill waste comes from the construction and demolition of buildings.
- 13% of products delivered to construction sites are sent directly to landfill without being used.
Of course environmental sustainability must also enhance the wellbeing and safety of people. Green spaces, natural biodiversity and nature-based solutions increase resilience, wellbeing and social connectivity. As defined by the Brundtland Commission environmentally sustainable buildings are simply ‘meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.’
Doing business for good
If you’re a force for good we’re right behind you. We’d love to help you spread the word about your business.
We’ve worked with organisations like yours to produce carbon accounting white papers, launch company sustainability pledges and communicate how this works together with its supply chain as well as securing media coverage for scope three emissions, driving net zero momentum whilst reducing energy costs, as well as writing company website blogs for planning for net zero.
We have informed social media strategy to spread the green-word and helped our clients win sustainability awards which have elevated their company profile as well as boosting morale for employees. We’ve also produced case studies for clients that have worked across the G7 Leaders’ Summit and COP26.