Atkins parent SNC-Lavalin has launched a data-driven decarbonisation service for the existing built environment, known as Decarbonomics.
The service brings together SNC-Lavalin’s “expertise and knowledge of building services, engineering design, asset management, project management, cost consulting, data analytics and data visualisations”, according to the company.
Decarbonomics is an end-to-end service based on a three-step approach of benchmarking, road mapping and delivery of an organisation’s decarbonisation programme:
- benchmark – develop a carbon baseline;
- roadmap – design a cost-effective carbon reduction pathway;
- deliver – implement carbon reduction solutions.
At the benchmark stage, SNC-Lavalin captures, structures and manages the client’s portfolio data to gain a deeper understanding of their properties, benchmark current performance and create a framework to maximise the value of their data.
During the roadmap stage, carbon, cost and engineering solutions are analysed to create enterprise level digital twins. Scenario testing augmented by AI and machine learning are used to create bespoke roadmaps, “for the most cost-effective and pragmatic implementation”.
In the final stage, SNC Lavalin’s management teams ensure quantifiable decarbonisation interventions are delivered throughout the lifecycle of the client’s assets, providing real-time views of their performance against the plan.
The three-step approach is underpinned by SNC-Lavalin’s Carbon Data Insights database, which draws on a mix of global open-source benchmark databases as well as the company’s own building data library.
“The result is a decarbonised estate, achieved through the strategy for achieving carbon reduction from behaviour change to building retrofit interventions, and measuring progress across the portfolio and asset lifecycle,” according to the company.
“Decarbonomics is founded on the principle of systems thinking and brings our diverse expertise and knowledge of the built environment and buildings together in a way that enables us to make carbon visible at the portfolio level. This empowers our clients to make much more informed decisions about their investments in decarbonisation,” said Stuart McLaren, the Decarbonomics development director.
Ian L Edwards, president and CEO of SNC-Lavalin, added: “Creating the net zero communities of the future relies, in part, on effective decarbonisation of existing assets. Decarbonomics is a concrete example of how we can help clients meet their net zero targets and is in line with our comprehensive Engineering Net Zero approach.
“We provide sustainable solutions by connecting people, data and technology in partnership with clients such as the UK Government Property Agency, delivering decarbonisation for its 450-building portfolio.”
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