In 2008, the UK became the first major economy in the world to pass into law international commitments to end its contribution to global warming by 2050 by bringing all greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero. Step 1 is to ensure that all buildings are net-zero in operation by 2030. Any that don’t comply will be required to offset any emissions.
Technology is now readily available to create new buildings that are net-zero in operation. Operational energy includes heating and cooling systems, cooking, lighting and plug loads. However, to achieve a net-zero building usually requires additional investment in renewable energy.
In the education sector where funds are limited, this can mean schools need to balance the initial additional investment with the long-term energy cost savings. A race to the bottom on price will not achieve the governments’ ambitions.
When undertaking a new educational building project, it is beneficial to have all parties collaborate from the start in order to find the most costs effective solutions. Designers need to engage with contractors, mechanical and electrical specialists, local authorities, planning departments, renewable energy specialists and of course the schools themselves.
This round table will explore some of the challenges the sector is facing in this area and the benefits of working collaboratively from day 1.
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Thursday 1 July 2021 - 10:00 - 11:30
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