The Zero Carbon Myth - SOLD OUT waiting list only

Waugh Thistleton Architects

17 May 2018

18:00 pm - 20:30 pm

77 Leonard St, London EC2A 4QS


Year on year, the requirements to limit energy use, and therefore to limit carbon emissions, have been tightened. The Mayor now includes a ‘zero carbon’ requirement in the London Plan but, what does zero carbon actually mean?
Our hypothesis is that we are propagating a zero carbon myth. It is inevitable that we will still use energy and that energy production will cause the emission of carbon. The Mayor’s policy acknowledges this by levying a carbon offset charge, but implicit in this is an assumption that we start at zero the day we move into our homes, shops and workplaces. This simply isn’t true. The last great frontier for carbon reduction is embodied carbon - the carbon we emit during construction, before use.
Our recent building in Dalston was built from trees - 3 for each person living and working there. Our maths says that means each of the 121 households in the building could run a car ‘carbon free’ for 14 years offset against carbon absorbed by the building structure. But is this the right tree to be barking up?
The evening event will take place at our offices, and will comprise a varied panel of experts from different backgrounds. We are expecting a dynamic debate around this theme which finds itself increasingly in vogue.


Panelists will include:

Adrian Campbell, director at Changebuilding

Natalia Ford, UK Green Building Council Sustainability Advisor

Sarah Halpin, Structural Engineer at Ramboll

Dominic Spray, Design Director at Hadley Property Group.


And the debate will be moderated by:
Simon Sturgis of Sturgis Carbon Profiling.