With Karl Desai, UK Green Building Council
Corporate occupiers are driving up demand for net zero workplaces which will require deep cuts in operational energy use and reductions in embodied carbon from construction. This session will examine UKGBC’s net zero carbon buildings framework and supporting ‘Paris Proof’ energy targets for offices. The session will provide insights on what workplace designers and managers will need to do in order to respond to the climate emergency and to deliver net zero.
Karl Desai manages the UKGBC’s Advancing Net Zero programme which is leading the UK’s transition to a net zero carbon built environment.
Karl led in the development of UKGBC’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings: A Framework Definition which has catalysed industry wide action in tackling buildings’ whole life carbon. He also co-authored UKGBC’s Guide to Scope 3 Reporting in Commercial Real Estate which helps property and construction companies on their journey towards net zero.
Karl believes net zero emissions can only be achieved through coordinated action in the built environment sector and has emphasised this in his career by working for three Green Building Councils. Originally from Australia and with a background in architecture, Karl has a holistic understanding of buildings to help lead in the transition to net zero.