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BSRIA and South Bank University Publishes FM’s Guide to Net-Zero

BSRIA and South Bank University Publishes FM’s Guide to Net-Zero
02 November 2022

A net-zero guide aimed at facilities managers and building services professionals has been published by BSRIA and London South Bank University.

The guide is a collaborative project by The Net Zero Building Centre, a joint venture between BSRIA and LSBU with the aim of accelerating decarbonisation in the built environment.

The document is authored by Aaron Gillich, Professor of Building Decarbonisation and Director of the BSRIA LSBU Net Zero Building Centre.

The free guide defines the terminology of net-zero and its implications for the built environment, to help FMs contribute towards the UK’s net-zero by 2050 goal. It covers net-zero building operation, design and the future of the gas grid and hydrogen.


The Built Environment Must Become a “Truly Zero Emissions” Sector


The built environment has a central role to play in helping the UK achieve its transition to a net-zero economy. Unlike other industries like shipping and food production where it will be difficult to completely decarbonise, the document names the built environment as a sector that “must become truly zero emissions”.

It also states that the industry shouldn’t rely on “clever carbon accounting or offsets from a silver bullet carbon removal technology.”


What is the Net Zero Building Centre?


The Net Zero Building Centre is an innovation hub and centre of excellence that builds on the shared strengths of BSRIA and LSBU in the field of low-carbon buildings. Recent projects delivered by the group include the Affordable Heat Networks Project in Bridgend County council which explored how a dual-source heat pump can offer cost-reduction options for a Mine Water Heat Network.

The Net Zero Building Centre also collaborated with Lambeth Council to explore the skills gaps and what the local supply chain needs to meet the demand for a carbon-neutral council by 2030.

The free guide is available now from the BSRIA Bookshop.

Picture: a photograph of a high-rise commercial building. Image Credit: Pixabay

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 02 November 2022


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