The extent to which property contributes to man-made greenhouse gas emissions, and resulting climate change, is now starkly realised. Increasingly, legislation is being implemented nationally and regionally to drive efficiencies and reduce this impact.
In a highly developed economy such as the UK, statistics suggest that property emits over 50% of total GHG emissions.
WSP has established a leadership position around the world, advising stakeholders involved with property on the impacts of different legislation and the approaches to improving energy efficiency and overall sustainability of property.
In this section of our website we provide focus on:
- The EU’s ‘Energy Performance in Buildings Directive’. In particular this demands a form of ‘Energy Performance Certification’ for buildings before they can be sold or leased, bringing greater transparency to the efficiency of different buildings.
- The Carbon Reduction Commitment. Essentially a UK driven carbon trading scheme, measuring energy usage and driving energy reduction strategies.
- Managing Asbestos Risks. We advise organisations in the UK on managing asbestos risks in relation to property – frequently during brownfield development. A robust risk management system is required to adhere to the ‘duty to manage’ requirements of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006.
And we know our Building Codes. We are experienced in planning and designing for buildings codes and rating schemes. That’s primarily LEED, but also BREEAM and other national standards, that drive a focus on sustainability in building design and retro-fitting. Find out more…