Awareness is growing around the significance of buildings, infrastructure and cities in achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. This is highlighted by the role of the World Green Building Council, UK Green Building Council and the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26). All three organizations are on the agenda and will share key details on how buildings and the construction industry can contribute to zero-emissions goals and resilient built environments. Topics include the role of cities in meeting climate ambitions, the transition to zero-carbon buildings and the skills needed for the transition. Inclusion on the COP26 agenda shows that the built environment is now part of the global carbon agenda and a critical link in delivering climate solutions. 

Net-zero carbon buildings used to be a stretch goal. Now, they are becoming the norm. PCL is prepared to support our clients who are considering sustainability and net-zero targets. We realize that as our clients recognize the deeper connections between building performance, operating cost and their organization’s carbon footprint they will require a construction partner who can help them achieve their goals. 

PCL’s focus on sustainability positions us to support our clients, design and engineering partners as we all work to support climate goals. Together, we will continue to expand our sustainable building capabilities. In addition to designing and constructing buildings that meet green rating system requirements, the industry is incorporating other best practices. These practices include integrating renewable energy and passive systems into projects, constructing with mass timber, using low carbon concrete, tracking and reducing embodied carbon, or designing and constructing net-zero buildings. Advancement of methods and processes that limit our environmental impacts will allow us to positively contribute to the long-term well-being of our communities.