AESG launches design tool to advance sustainable built environment

aesg grantAs signatories to the World Green Building Council's ‘Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment’ and to further the net-zero agenda under this commitment, AESG has unveiled ‘Pathway to Net Zero’ tool

Designed to determine and evaluate the options available for reducing both the embodied and operational Carbon footprint of buildings, this tool conveniently provides AESG's clients with an optional pathway to achieving net-zero carbon buildings.

With buildings contributing upwards of 40 per cent of global CO2 emissions, the widescale adoption of net-zero principles by the sector has the potential to reduce worldwide emission by up to 43 per cent within the next decade.

However, perceived costs, extreme climatic conditions and a general lack of expertise in design and implementation are major factors encumbering net-zero projects in the Middle East. By applying its new Pathway to Net Zero tool free of charge to all its design projects from 2020 onwards, AESG hopes to address most misconceptions around the concept and thereby incentivize its clients.

“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. 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,” said Phillipa Grant, head of energy and sustainable development at AESG.

AESG has followed important industry standards in the development of its tool. These include EN standards for the embodied carbon assessment, as well as the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) standards for the operational carbon assessment. The tool assesses buildings based on a myriad of factors such as the typology and planned usage, and location and size, along with any additional project requirements specified during the briefing stage.

AESG has successfully provided construction support for the Sustainability Pavilion at Expo 2020, which will be a net-zero building, and enabled Multiplex, a premier global construction company, to achieve nearly zero energy consumption at its construction site offices. Based on this proven track record, AESG is confident of its Pathway to Net Zero tool’s applicability to all design projects that it provides services for.

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