with Perkins and Will & Greengage

As the climate emergency becomes an increasingly pressing issue, the property industry has to do more to improve in the way it finances, designs, delivers and operates new buildings. Yet, two industry experts told Blackstock Consulting that there is a definite change happening in the market.

The recent increase in environmental concern with the declaration of the climate emergency in May demonstrates a concerted interest in addressing climate change, but the property industry is still not doing enough to reform its significant contribution to the issues. 

According to architect Asif Din, the problem lies with convincing clients to take the more environmentally friendly approach due to perceptions of cost. But while building developments with net-zero carbon aims is essential, it can only be the first step. 

Din says “It’s not good enough just to design a good ecological building. When you consider your actual environmental footprint, it’s probably a third transport, a third of the building, and a third food. You have to consider all three as a holistic vision rather than just a single part of it”.  

Mitch Cooke, director at Greengage, a sustainability consultancy based in London, agrees. “We need to go back to basics in terms of energy use and cooling, there’s a level of expectation on things that we don’t really need,” he says.

However, the property industry is starting to react with developers like Moda Living, The Collective, and volume housebuilders, rethinking their impact on the climate. 

Participants

Asif Din

Sustainability Director

Perkins and Will

Mitch Cooke

Director

Greengage