Engineers Ireland, in partnership with the Irish Green Building Council (IGBC) are delighted to invite their members to an online workshop to develop a roadmap to decarbonise Ireland’s built environment across its whole life cycle.
The objective of the workshop is to gather your feedback on the draft roadmap (available here) developed by the IGBC in close cooperation with industry and key stakeholders as part of the #BuildingLife Campaign. Similar workshops are being organised with other representative bodies and key stakeholders. Your feedback will then be analysed and incorporated into the final version of the roadmap to be launched in September 2022.
ABOUT THE ROADMAP
The draft roadmap shows that construction and the built environment are directly responsible for 37% of Ireland’s emissions. This is made up of about 23% operational emissions associated with the energy we use to heat, cool, and light our buildings. A further 14% of the emissions are embodied carbon emissions from the production of construction materials, transport of materials, construction process, maintenance, repair and disposal of buildings and infrastructure. With 400,000 new homes to be built by 2030, there is a real risk that we will exceed the construction and built environment carbon budget if embodied carbon emissions are not rapidly addressed.
The draft roadmap lays out the necessary steps for the industry and government to halve the built environment emissions by 2030.
Key recommendations include:
- Publishing a clear timeline on the introduction of regulations on embodied carbon to provide certainty to the industry.
- Prioritising reuse of existing buildings and bringing as much vacant property as possible back into use in our villages, towns, and cities to avoid throwing away the embodied carbon and valuable resources within them.
- Increasing support for energy renovation, including phased renovation, and improving quality assurance.
- For new build, encouraging better design to support repair, adaptability, and reuse.
- Encouraging the use of low impact construction materials, such as reused and recycled products, and biobased construction materials.
The development of the roadmap was undertaken as part of a wider collaboration on delivering an EU-wide roadmap between the World Green Building Council – Europe, and Green Building Councils in Croatia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the UK. More information on the #BuildingLife project is available at www.worldgbc.org/buildinglife.
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