So, was it a #COP in or #COP out…?


So, was it a #COP in or #COP out…?

by Patrick Watson

Our key takeaways from COP26

There have been strong reactions to the 10-page pact following the sessions at #COP26, whilst this is a step in the right direction and the directive regarding a reduction in Coal Power use, the World leaders need to do more. Sir David Attenborough and a host of great names cannot be wrong. In our little world of the build environment, we must do the same, no longer can we just support “blah, blah, blah”.

In our experiences as a Project Manager whilst we need the components of a strong clear vision, unless this is followed through such statements can become meaningless. Our practical experiences gained over almost a decade of #NetZero delivery has shown that it is teamwork and a truly collaborative effort that will ensure teams can deliver.

It was not long ago that BREEAM Excellent was an aspiring target, it is increasingly becoming the accepted norm. Passivhaus is gaining in awareness with many clients adopting “Passive principles” a recognition perhaps that a fabric first approach coupled with a focus on the optimisation of the heating and cooling parameters are the obvious ways forward.

With the complex arena of targets and guidance it remains clear that standing still is just not acceptable, we must as project leaders & facilitators hold the space for our teams to excel. We are proud that two of our exemplar schemes were showcased covering the challenges of both New Build & Retro-fit.

On a recent commercial scheme, we have been able to significantly increase the sustainability credentials of the scheme, simply by challenging the team, supported by our client and in the firm view that this is not a bolt-on or an extra to be covered off by some nebulous premium applied by our commercial colleagues. Time will tell but by applying clear and simple logic, improvements can be made within constrained budgets.

It is no longer acceptable to carry on as normal. #NetZero is a way of life, it must become the new normal, and all designs must be adjusted to take account of this change. Adopting the LETI targets and guidance, coupled with a collaborative approach ensuring the fabric first philosophy does achieve both Embodies & Operational Carbon savings and removes any over engineered facilities.

If you are lost by the jargon and simply do not know how or where to start, experienced Project Leadership is what is needed, contact us, and see how we can drive your schemes to meet your sustainable aspirations. Don’t #COP out…. Make a difference.