Whole life perspective
John Davies, Davis Langdon an AECOM company
Buildings and built assets are quite exceptional in that they have inherently long lives, are expensive to construct, can be costly to maintain and have large carbon footprints. As a result, this has attracted a lot of interest from the Government to seek ways of delivering carbon reductions in this significant sector. This push has not been without conflict. By designing-in energy efficiency features and sources of non-grid dependant energy, capital cost has quickly become a main go/no go factor almost regulating carbon performance alongside Building Regulations by forcing the question: is a particular level of carbon reduction affordable? It is not unreasonable to expect projects to aim to reduce costs and secure a “better deal” where possible, however in forcing this question others arise.
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