Property and Construction
The buildings sector, including both residential and commercial buildings – accounts for around a quarter of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, and is a massive consumer of energy, water and materials. In some areas, most notably at the leading edge of commercial property, Australia has an enviable reputation as delivering some of the most sustainable real estate – consistently rating highly in indices such as the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB). Best practice has been driven by a combination of Government schemes and industry initiatives, with an ever-increasing focus on triple bottom line sustainability and the full life cycle impacts of buildings.
Yet despite all the progress made so far, the challenges remain substantial. To meet limit global warming to less than two degrees, it is suggested that all buildings must be “net zero carbon” by 2050, requiring a radical change to the way that buildings are constructed and operated. At the same time, our changing climate will require buildings and communities to be more resilient and adaptable than ever before.
You may be a well-established contractor, developer or owner looking for detailed analysis to support your latest Green Star project; a new science-based carbon target to see you through to 2030 and beyond; or a strategy to drive improvements through your supply chain. Alternatively, your organisation may just be starting out on its sustainability journey with a need to understand where your impacts lie, the risks you face, and the steps you can take to address them. Perhaps you’re a policy-maker looking at developing a new scheme focussed on the construction sector, or evaluating the success of a previous initiative.
Edge Environment has extensive experience across the building life-cycle, with clients spanning building products and construction through to property owners and Government departments. Our services range from high-level strategy development to detailed technical work, supporting design stages through to delivery. We pride ourselves on offering cost-effective, innovative, evidence-based and practical solutions to help you meet your challenges, including:
- Sustainability support for contract bids
- Strategy development, including science-based targets
- Waste strategy and site audits
- Green Star strategy optimisation and analysis/document development for key credits
- Whole building life cycle assessment and costing
- Social return on investment analysis
- Climate change risk and adaptation support
- Sustainable materials and procurement advisory
- Due diligence, including hazardous materials
- Policy analysis and development