DJHC is committed to delivering sustainable buildings. Through innovative, cutting-edge HVAC designs we can save energy and protect the environment now and for future generations. As part of the commitment, we collaborate on various environmental initiatives, including the Carbon Reduction Code for the Built Environment, launched last week.
This initiative was organised on the basis that when businesses, authorities, and clients collaborate within a supply chain, we can more effectively reduce our carbon footprint. Although not intended to replace standards like PAS 2080, the Carbon Reduction Code for the Built Environment instead provides a foundation to facilitate meaningful climate action in the construction industry.
An overview of the code
As an industry, we can work together to achieve net zero carbon emissions. The Carbon Reduction Code for the Built Environment will be updated as we progress towards this goal. In its current form, the code comprises three parts: commitments for all organisations, for clients, and for supply chain firms.
Commitments for every organisation involved include reducing carbon emissions by three quarters by 2030, with a view to achieving net zero emissions by 2045. To achieve this, companies need to set out targets and publish progress reports annually. This will ensure that throughout the supply chain, we’re working in a collaborative, consistent manner to achieve net zero emissions.
Commitments from clients
Client commitments cover procurement, data and reporting, training, design theory and knowledge sharing. Principles within these fields are, naturally, based on a commitment to reducing carbon emissions and ensuring these targets are reported explicitly. Subsequently, emissions targets will become a deliverable of the procurement process, making low carbon choices the preferable option.
Organisations are also strongly encouraged to provide a carbon baseline for each project and set targets. The association believes this will drive innovation, enabling the reduction of carbon emissions throughout the building’s life cycle. There is also an incentive to only use carbon offsetting as a last resort, and instead, strive for meaningful reduction.
Supply chain organisation commitments
As introduced, for net zero to be a realistic goal, we need a commitment from every player in the supply chain. Supply chain organisations should strive to automate production and delivery of CO2 equivalent information through integrated data logging and management. This will enable organisations to develop optimal solutions throughout the build phase.
They should also integrate a commitment to reducing carbon emissions into their interactions with clients. Supply chain organisations should proactively recommend and adopt carbon reduction techniques in all their projects, including whole-life carbon reduction strategies.
Together for a net zero future
The construction industry has a crucial role to play in reducing carbon emissions. The more organisations that participate in the Carbon Reduction Code for the Built Environment, the more we can achieve. This is because collaboration is key. When all organisations within the value chain commit to working together, we can align and progress at pace.
There are already many excellent examples of carbon reduction methods across the working group. DJHC is excited to continue to work with the association to move towards a net zero construction industry, with our particular contribution from an HVAC design perspective.