• 5 July 2021

Mark Terndrup guests on PlaceTech net zero carbon podcast

Waterman is delighted that Mark Terndrup, our Managing Director of Building Services – South, joined PlaceTech’s podcast as a special guest for their latest episode on net zero carbon in the office environment (click here to listen).

PlaceTech, the leading property technology news and events platform, launched their podcast series in 2019 as a platform from which to analyse and comment on the biggest issues effecting the built environment sector, from a technology perspective. Throughout the series, PlaceTech have been joined by tech experts and industry leaders in the property market to discuss the latest innovations, adoption and research in property technology.

Exploring how the office environment is evolving to achieve net zero, this episode considers how the design approach and skillsets of engineers has developed to help commercial buildings meet the government carbon targets.

Joining Vicki Odili of tp bennett and Simon Wilkes of Legal & General, Mark discusses Waterman’s involvement with tp bennett’s Net Zero Road Map initiative, which saw our team provide structural and MEP research and development technical support. Elsewhere in the podcast, Mark outlines how M&E design can be adapted to simplify building operation and reduce embodied carbon, whilst also slashing carbon in operation and considering future adaptability.

The key takeaways from the podcast are:
• The net zero carbon roadmap produced by tp bennett prioritises sustainable and equitable design following the UN’s goals.
• Skills are a big challenge. The property industry needs to start at ‘home’, in your own company, and individuals need to self-educate and take responsibility for upskilling themselves.
• There is no accurate standard rating system for carbon emissions – that should change and industry needs it to.
• The key success factor for investment funds is to brief teams and be clear what you want to achieve out of a building. Buildings that are designed to be net zero do cost more and can offset increased costs over the long term. Buildings that are not designed to achieve net zero will be discounted in future because people will want to improve them after purchase.
• Supply chain – tp bennett has produced a responsible sourcing charter and has found a lot of suppliers do not have all the information they need about product origin – for an SME the cost of finding information can be exorbitant. The charter addresses modern slavery, transport distance and mode, and uses a questionnaire and simple traffic light system.
• M&E systems will typically last 15-20 years, says Waterman, so in the lifecycle of a building if they have to be replaced three or four times they have a large embodied carbon impact
• In recent years sustainability has been treated as a bolt-on, adding to the basic build model. This notion needs to be addressed from the outset. Buildings need to be simplified, relying on fabric to do the hard work.

To listen to the latest episode of PlaceTech podcast, click here.

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