Director Andrew Holt asks if we are all missing a piece of the Net Zero Carbon jigsaw?
A car company designs and manufactures the most fuel efficient car it has ever built. Put it in the hands of the Top Gear presenting team at Dunsfold Aerodrome and I’m pretty certain, for that moment, it will be the least fuel efficient car ever built. Conversely, hand it over to Fergal McGrath and Paul Clifton (see Guinness World Records UK) and it might achieve efficiencies the manufacturer only dreamed of.
And so it is for the Net Zero Carbon (NZC) Building.
There is some fantastic work being delivered by the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), Better Buildings Partnership (BBP), the London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI) and others that has resulted in published guidance on the measures required to ensure we design and build the most efficient buildings. This even extends to measuring the performance of buildings in use via the NABERS UK energy and carbon rating scheme.
As someone who has spent the last 25 years in the Facilities Management (FM) industry, I can’t help feeling we are all missing a piece of the NZC jigsaw.
When a building is completed it is handed over to an operator, which will usually comprise a building manager and an operation and maintenance (FM) company. Their primary aim is to satisfy the day to day needs of multiple occupants…oh and of course… to meet statutory obligations and preserve the ‘asset’.