Cloudfm has welcomed a House of Commons Environment Audit Committee (EAC) report that calls for whole-life carbon assessments of larger buildings.
‘Building to net zero: costing carbon in construction’ criticises the government for focusing too much on reporting energy efficiency and lacking the impetus to mandate reporting on embodied carbon emissions for the whole life of buildings. It also warns that ‘no progress has been made towards achieving net zero targets in the built environment’.
Jeff Dewing, Cloudfm, CEO, comments: “A more holistic approach to reducing carbon emissions from the built environment is welcome. However, we must be clear that while building to net zero is important, it’s also vital to manage the outputs of offices and homes.
“IoT technology is advancing rapidly and will be essential in reducing carbon emissions over the next decade. Our own studies have shown that the data generated by our sensors can be used to transform behaviours to save energy and reduce emissions radically.”
The report recommends that mandatory whole-life-carbon assessments should be introduced by the end of this year for all buildings above a gross internal area of 10,764 sq ft and proposes the establishment of progressively ratcheted carbon targets for the built environment, and states that changes should be introduced no later than December 2023.