Roof surveying: decarbonising badly insulated buildings

The built environment is directly responsible for 25% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the UK. Which is why efforts to renovate the nation’s existing stock of approximately 30m assets will be critical to achieving the government’s pledge to reach net zero carbon by 2050.

The scale of the challenge is informing changes to regulation, including recent updates to Part L and Part F of the Building Regulations for new dwellings and forthcoming Future Homes and Future Buildings Standards, due out in 2025.

It has also galvanised a growing contingent of building owners, landlords, property and facilities managers to implement stringent sustainability goals. These are intended to accelerate carbon reductions, while reaping the associated rewards of lower energy bills and improved thermal comfort for occupants.
Those that don’t act may soon be forced to. Under proposed UK Treasury rules, announced by chancellor Rishi Sunak at COP26, most big firms would be required to set out detailed public plans for how they will adapt in line with the net-zero target by 2023.
John Llewellyn, divisional director for flat roof systems specialist Bauder, says: “We're hearing more and more clients talk about reducing carbon in response to net zero goals and wanting to prioritise the portfolio of properties they manage. Whereas up until the start of 2021 they were mostly interested in the energy savings alone.”

To help our clients maximise the carbon saving potential of existing real estate, Bauder offers an innovative surveying / carbon dashboarding service for flat roofs.
The moisture mapping and carbon dashboard solution combines flat roof surveys, carried out by a specialist team. Numbers are crunched in energy saving software to accurately identify the flat roofs most in need of insulation improvements, as well as the estimated cost and carbon savings if insulation and solar PV upgrades are carried out.