Key decisions made at the earliest stages of your roofing project can reduce both embodied and operational carbon, resulting in a significant reduction in whole-life carbon output for your building. We’ll explore current building requirements, how carbon emissions occur within the construction, and how Garland UK can help you on the journey to carbon reduction through your roofing project.
Carbon Reduction and Building Regulations
Currently, carbon emissions from buildings and construction account for almost 40% of the UK’s total carbon emissions and up to 11% of total global emissions. On 27 June 2019, the UK became the first major economy to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming, committing to a 78% cut in carbon emissions by 2035 and to become net zero by 2050.
The building industry is working closely with the government to help to achieve these targets. This has resulted in major changes to the Building Regulations, which have now come into effect as of 15 June 2022, notably Part L (fuel and power), Part F (ventilation) and the introduction of a new Approved Document O which deals with mitigating overheating in buildings. These changes now require non-domestic buildings to achieve an average of 27% reduction relative to 2013 regulations, whilst domestic buildings must achieve a 30% reduction. This is just the start, as the Future Homes and Buildings Standard will be introduced in 2025, aiming to ensure that new construction produces around 75% less carbon emissions relative to 2013 regulations.
Of course, it is not only legislation that is driving change. There has been a significant shift in how proactive companies themselves are in adopting environmental and sustainable change. Before, the conversation was often led by budget, but increasingly long-term sustainable targets are of paramount importance to clients. Many businesses have set their own company-wide environmental goals, and construction can play a major role in helping to achieve these aims.
Roofing projects can become vital in addressing these challenges and meeting your sustainability objectives by taking a more holistic approach to the issue and becoming more informed on the potential sources of carbon emissions.