AESG launches design tool to achieve net-zero carbon buildings
From 2020, AESG’s 'Pathway to Net Zero' design tool will be used as a step towards “decarbonising the construction sector”
UAE-based construction consultancy, engineering, and advisory firm AESG, which is a signatory to the World Green Building Council's ‘Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment’, has launched a ‘Pathway to Net Zero’ design tool to provide its clients an optional pathway to achieving net zero carbon buildings.
The tool is designed to determine and evaluate the options available for reducing both the embodied and operational carbon footprint of buildings.
The tool assesses buildings based on factors such as the typology and planned usage; location and size; as well as any additional project requirements specified during the briefing stage.
According to the home-grown Emirati consultancy, AESG, the development of the design tool followed key industry standards, including EN standards for the embodied carbon assessment; as well as the standards set by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE); and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) standards for the operational carbon assessment.
AESG has provided construction support for the Sustainability Pavilion at Expo 2020, which will be a net-zero building. It has also enabled Multiplex, a premier global construction company, to achieve nearly zero energy consumption at its construction site offices.
Commenting on the need to welcome net-zero buildings, the head of Energy and Sustainable Development at AESG, Phillipa Grant, said: “Much of the resistance to change can be eliminated by providing developers with a clear picture of their journey to net zero, the short-term investments it will entail, and the many long-term operational and commercial benefits they’re likely to enjoy.”
Grant added: “As industry leaders within sustainable development, and a signatory to the WorldGBC's Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, AESG acknowledges its responsibility to facilitating a more sustainable future. We hope that by providing a convenient and well-defined pathway to net zero on all our projects, we will be able to stimulate the transition to decarbonising the construction sector.”