Net Zero means greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will be dramatically slashed, and any remaining emissions offset, neutralising environmental impact and slowing climate change. But how does a city choked with traffic and packed full of carbon-emitting processes and structures – from fossil fuel-generated energy to steel skyscrapers – reach such a goal?
And exactly how different would the urban environment look if it were net-zero? If the UK population continues to rapidly grow and the climate crisis accelerates, the challenge will only become more urgent. Transport, energy infrastructure, waste, new construction, and existing architecture, all need to take steps to achieve carbon neutrality.
In the UK, transport is the largest source of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, damaging both the environment and public health. Efforts such as London’s congestion charge, its Ultra Low Emission Zone and the UK’s plan to ban all new petrol and diesel cars by 2035 are the first steps towards achieving this. InLondon’s current environment plan, local zero-emission zones will be introduced in 2025, which will then be expanded until they extend citywide.
The built environment is responsible for around 40% of the UK’s total carbon footprint, according to the UK Green Building Council. Reducing buildings’ carbon emissions means looking at the choice of materials and construction methods as well as energy efficiency. Architects are increasingly paying attention to the “embodied carbon” of a building. This can comprise the carbon emissions of extracting, processing, manufacturing, packaging, and transporting the materials used, as well as construction on site, maintenance over lifespan and what happens after the building is demolished.
How we get and use our energy both depletes natural resources and emitsGHG. Heating, for instance, accounts for over a third of the UK’s GHG emissions. But the transition from burning coal and gas to renewable, low-carbon energy sources – such as solar, hydroelectric, wind and geothermal –has already begun. Local energy can also significantly cut emissions. Instead of relying on the gas or electricity grids, with power generated in stations outside of London, energy is generated and supplied locally, such as through solar panels or district heating networks.
Other smart building technologies require users to download and install individual apps to control individual functions, such as music, TV or lighting. ResiCentral brings everything together in a single system, controlled by a single bespoke app or in-room tablet, streamlining automation control and making for a seamless resident experience.
ResiCentral can be configured to work with existing building infrastructures and hardware or integrated into a new building at the design stage. The GET Dynamic team provides consultancy services to support consulting engineers at stage one design and liaises with the end client to ensure that the design brief is delivered.
Our ResiCentral products and GEMS software lead the way in energy-conscious applications. With buildings accounting for close to half the UK’s energy consumption, it is understandable why energy monitoring has become a major preoccupation of building managers. GET Dynamic’s Energy Management solutions provide you with the information needed so that consumption trends can be identified, and corrective actions taken. Analysing your power usage can help you negotiate favourable terms with the utility company as well as identifying areas where savings can be made, and real time power consumption monitoring allows overloads to be anticipated.
Smart devices, sensors, IoT and the adaptation of new technologies have redefined our expectations. By creating smarter and more connected buildings we maximise amenity, efficiency and resident engagement, in turn setting the foundations for future applications.
Providing a strong foundation for intelligent buildings. With the aim to deliver optimal energy and operational efficiency, our ResiCentral product allows us to perfectly tailor an automation and control solution to each project‘s individual needs. Openness and flexibility are the bottom line for all our systems. As a result, open communication protocols enable easy integration with other systems.
Our Energy Management solutions (GEMS) provide you with the information needed so that consumption trends can be identified, and corrective actions taken. Analysing your power usage can help you negotiate favourable terms with the utility company as well as identifying areas where savings can be made, and real time power consumption monitoring allows overloads to be anticipated.
Our specialist team can support consulting engineers at stage one design and liaise with the end client to ensure that the design brief is delivered and built to their exacting requirements using a combination of our technology software and experience to deliver a building which is smart, state of the art and future-proof.
At Dynamic we have seen an increased desire by our clients to reach the 2030/2050 carbon neutral target. There is no question that this trend will continue. As clients, developers, public organisations, councils, and governments acquire a clearer understanding of the concept of Net Zero Carbon, the move towards Carbon Neutrality will need to gather pace.get in touch
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