The Future of ESG: What is the Role of Plant-Based Places?

Will the concept of plant-based gain mainstream status in construction and real estate? How exactly will we move away from conventional materials and practices?

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Plant-Based Places: Regulation and Other Barriers to Greater Uptake
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Plant-Based Places: Regulation and Other Barriers to Greater Uptake

In prior articles in this series, we have looked at issues (net zero carbon, healthy buildings) and innovations (new materials, technological developments) that have propelled the idea of plant-based spaces. This is the positive side of the discussion. What also needs consideration, however, are some of the limitations and hurdles facing further adoption of plant-based materials.

Richard Francis

By Richard Francis

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Net Zero and the Built Environment: Where Does It Go From Here?
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Net Zero and the Built Environment: Where Does It Go From Here?

It is hard to underestimate the changes we have seen in the last five years with the creation of net zero carbon frameworks and the growth of ESG. Arising at the same time, net zero carbon and ESG more broadly have begun to fundamentally alter the construction and operation of buildings.

Richard Francis

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Decarbonising the Built Environment – EPC, MEES and the Cost Implications
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Decarbonising the Built Environment – EPC, MEES and the Cost Implications

Since its introduction in 2007, the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) has been the main method of assessing the energy efficiency of buildings in the UK. The Government has recently revisited the EPC requirements, seeking to update them and make them more stringent. Currently, proposed Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) legislation mandates a phased implementation of the EPC B by 2030 requirement, with EPC C by 2027 set as an interim milestone for all commercial non-domestic buildings.

Richard Francis

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