Deliver Better Together: For our planet
1 Aug 2022
The construction industry has a big role to play in tackling the ongoing climate crisis. We take this responsibility very seriously at Pick Everard, with every step we take coming with careful considerations on the environmental impact. Our dedication to working in a climate-conscious manner forms a key pillar to our new business strategy, and here Director Dr Jose Hernandez, discusses how our approach seeks to deliver better together for our planet.
We know that buildings need to adapt throughout their lifecycle to reflect the evolving requirements of the commercial world. We are also aware that these assets need to be actively managed to maintain and enhance their value and use.
A big challenge that faces the industry is the large percentage of buildings in current use that will still be in use in 2050. This figure currently stands at around 70 per cent of buildings and illustrates why major focus must be put on decarbonising current building stock – and why we should seek to re-use and improve in order to meet the government’s net zero targets.
Taking a bespoke approach to every project means we can put sustainable decisions central to everything we do. We put the client first, working with them to identify the most sustainable options to meet their scheme requirements – and to collaborate with them to build larger estate strategies to work towards their own carbon neutral goals.
Our network of sustainability experts work to generate momentum for change, keeping us at the forefront of the industry through latest research and development and involvement in focus groups and key initiatives. We are signatories to the RIBA 2030 Challenge and Design for Performance, as well as being the first UK practice to support all areas of the Climate and Biodiversity Emergency Declarations (CaBED) – reflecting the multi-disciplinary nature of our service provision.
Our commitment to building a sustainable future is not limited to our work with clients. We have a network of sustainability champions from across all of our design, management and group services. This group meets on a monthly basis to drive forward improvements to the sustainable delivery of our projects – but also as an organisation.
This internal forum provides opportunity to discuss, suggest and recommend actions that work towards living a more sustainable life both personally and professionally – and helps us identify where we can upskill our experts further to benefit our clients. An example of raising this knowledge base is our recent delivery of Passivhaus training across the practice, delivered by one of our experts to give everyone the understanding and knowledge of this initiative.
We are currently on a journey to achieving net zero carbon by the end of this year, with our teams working together to reduce carbon output.
Big changes have already been put in motion. For example, our transition to hybrid working does not just help enhance work life balance for our people, it has also helped us reduce our carbon footprint by two thirds since its introduction. We are working to retain as much as possible from the savings a blend of home and office work have brought forward – while also including the impact of associated energy use when working at home.
As we push towards the future, we will double down on our commitments to creating the most sustainable future possible. A big part of this will be working with decision makers within our firm and across the industry on the best possible steps that can be taken to make this a reality and continue to work closely with our clients and supply chain to distil our expertise down into informed, actionable steps towards net zero.