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Are you worried about your carbon footprint? We are sustainability pioneers, helping you protect the future of our planet.

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Realigning priorities

At Area, part of our ethos is to be accountable for our actions and be a force for good. We see opportunities to combine brand enhancement with sustainability in ways that increase asset value and staff retention. For us, sustainable design and build services are the standard, and we always offer complete support to make these adaptations to your project.

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A holistic approach

Positive wellbeing culture is rightly placed at the forefront of many businesses’ priorities today, and it's always where we start when working on a project with sustainability at the core. This includes examining operations, climate change and resource efficiency, indoor environment, waste management, consumables, and building materials too.

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Energy Optimisation

Unlike other businesses, we look more closely at closing the energy performance gap to create sustainable solutions that translate into reality. Where building modelling usually only accounts for predicted regulated CO2, Area has developed a robust methodology, Designed for Performance, that inspects complete operational energy use to provide better energy performance and resources.

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Authority

At Area, we aim to stay abreast of developments that help us become more sustainable. Working closely with RICS, RIBA, and BRE Global helps us remain at the cutting edge of sustainability advancement and supports our Design for Performance initiative.

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Circular Economy

We promote an approach towards the circular economy wherever we can, aiming to make optimal use of resources before recovering and recycling them at the end of their life, as opposed to the linear economy and the negative impacts that come with the 'make-use-dispose' mindset.

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Net-Zero Carbon

To our clients who want to achieve Net-Zero Carbon emissions, we have the expertise to help you get there. We are ISO 14001 UKAS Certified, and our sustainability team comprises expert in-house BREEAM, Ska, LEED and WELLbuilding consultants.

Frequently asked questions

What should my company's main sustainability goals be?

Each organisation is different, so no two will have exactly the same sustainability goals. Ultimately, your sustainability goals should cover three main areas (the three pillars of sustainability): economic, social, and environmental. To help you determine achievable goals, we start by understanding what you and your key stakeholders want to achieve.

How can we ensure our sustainability initiatives are effective?

From our experience working with many clients committed to sustainability objectives, we know there are two critical foundations to following through on these goals.

Firstly, during the consultancy and design phase, we collect as much data as possible about the business's past, present, and future state from an energy consumption and emissions perspective. We establish our projects in hard science and facts to determine how we can realistically achieve goals.

Secondly, we stick systematically to our strategic plan and train our clients on how to continue this strategy with their own workforce after the completion of the project.

What are the three pillars of sustainability?

The three pillars of sustainability are economic (maintaining good practices and being open and honest), environmental (reducing carbon footprint and waste), and social (the benefits and wellbeing of people).

What is carbon neutral vs Carbon Net-Zero?

Carbon neutrality refers to when carbon produced is equal to the amount removed by the atmosphere. For a company, this usually means an initiative is created to offset carbon emissions by investing in a carbon sink, such as a forest.

Carbon Net-Zero refers to when there is a balance between the level of all greenhouse gases being emitted and the level of all greenhouse gases being removed from the atmosphere. Carbon Net-Zero goes further than carbon neutrality in that it includes all greenhouse gases (such as methane and nitrous oxide), not just carbon dioxide.

How do we measure carbon in construction?

Carbon measured in construction is called ‘embodied carbon’ and consists of all greenhouse gases emitted from the building construction. Embodied carbon is typically measured using this equation:

Embodied carbon = quantity × carbon factor

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