Beyond the building: reducing embodied carbon through innovative master planning

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Grosvenor Property UK’s Andy Sharpe, Director of Project Management – Strategic Land explores the findings of UKGBC’s recent report and how embracing low carbon master planning can deliver big carbon savings and healthier, more attractive places to live with minimal impact on cost.

While industry and policy has taken great strides in recent years to address the carbon impact of buildings, the embodied carbon from masterplan works, which can span many years and consume large amounts of materials, is comparatively under-researched, despite the potential to deliver significant carbon savings.  

UKGBC’s new report  

In February this year, UKGBC sought to address this in its publication Building the Case for Net Zero: A case study for low carbon residential developments 

The study looked at Grosvenor’s potential plans to extend its existing scheme at Trumpington Meadows, in south west Cambridgeshire. The 750-home extension masterplan was used to look at design interventions that would reduce embodied carbon, whilst improving the liveability of the development.  

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