Our research report and online tool helps the built environment sector in eight European countries to determine the risk and impact climate change will have on non-domestic, or commercial, buildings.

The report and toolkit provide industry participants with practical tools and insights to anticipate the risks that climate change may pose to their non-domestic assets.

The global impact of the built environment

Did you know, according to the International Panel on Climate Change, the built environment sector consumes up to 40% of the world’s energy and emits up to 30% global greenhouse gas emissions?

However, our research report points out that, in the long term, the EU’s Roadmap 2050 suggests far more ambitious targets of an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050.

For the built environment, the report says, this would equate to a 95% emissions reduction (from 1990 levels). This could only be achieved with the total decarbonisation of power generation and an almost total rehabilitation of the existing building stock, probably including buildings that are currently being built.

Eight countries in focus

The report focusses on eight countries: Germany, France, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Greece, Sweden and Norway.

It analyses four main areas in order to understand who climate change will affect, what the energy demand may be, what the operational costs may be and the carbon emissions for six types of buildings, namely, offices, retail buildings, schools, hospitals, warehouses and buildings used for leisure.

Using the policy background, the level of success of regulations and other available data in each country to project, the report presents likely scenarios of what could happen in the future.


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