Sustainable Construction and Real Estate
We help architectural firms, the construction industry, and the real estate sector with the decarbonisation of buildings. For this purpose, we have an interdisciplinary team of Managers, Architects, Environmental Engineers, and Biodiversity experts that can design and implement strategies in an integrated and holistic way. Our services include:
ARCHITECTURE AND CONSTRUCTION
- Climate Risks – We help in the selection of the location for the construction of new projects, considering current and future climate risks;
- Materials and Building Solutions – We analyse the cost-benefit of materials and building solutions, in order to ensure that the building is resilient to current and future climate risks;
- Efficiency – We analyse construction expenditure in terms of Water, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Energy and Waste, and define strategies for their reduction as well as their efficiency;
- Alignment with the EU Taxonomy – We assess the building against the EU Taxonomy criteria, as the financial sector will require this information from the construction sector.
- Financing – We help owners prepare the information required by the financial sector when applying for financing (to comply with the SDFR Regulation and the EU Taxonomy);
- Alignment with the EU Taxonomy – We assess the project based on the EU Taxonomy criteria as the financial sector will require this information from the real estate sector.
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF BUILDINGS WORLDWIDE
Sustainable Architecture and Construction are increasingly relevant, as the building sector has the highest energy consumption in Europe, accounting for approximately 40% of the energy consumed and 36% of GHG emissions (EU 2019 scenario). Also, buildings are responsible, globally, for 20% of water consumption and 30 to 40% of solid waste production. These impacts also have implications in terms of climate change which, in turn, give rise to various climate risks that can affect the building heritage, such as flooding, coastal erosion, heat waves (fire risk), and cold waves. This needs to be considered in new constructions and rehabilitations.
The COVID19 pandemic has accelerated the need to think about buildings not only from an environmental perspective but also from a social and health perspective. Just as important as reducing a building’s ecological footprint is reducing the negative impacts on the users of those buildings, while simultaneously enhancing productivity and efficiency gains. Variables such as air and water quality, noise and light pollution reduction become critical in the construction and/or refurbishment of any type of building.