Whilst there is a growing body of guidance to help the buildings sector design net zero carbon buildings, the practical implications of how this will be achieved are less clear. As buildings are expected to meet increasingly ambitious energy and embodied carbon targets, it is important to understand which design changes have the greatest carbon savings, what the cost implications of these changes are, and how occupant behaviours and expectations may need to adjust for net zero to be achieved.

This event marks the launch of UKGBC’s report Building the case for net zero: A feasibility study into the design and delivery of new net zero carbon buildings, which will shine a light on the real-world implications for achieving new net zero carbon buildings. The study examines the design changes required to take two typical developments – high-rise office and mid-rise residential – to net zero and the resulting cost impacts. Different sets of net zero targets (developed by UKGBC, RIBA and LETI) have also been used to understand the practical implications of achieving these targets.

The event will provide a summary of the report’s findings and a chance to hear from the report authors on key changes needed in the buildings sector to mainstream net zero buildings. There will be an opportunity for attendees to discuss specific areas of focus (e.g. structural design, building systems, cost uplift etc.) to better understand these changes.


  • Ashley Bateson, Partner, Hoare Lea 
  • Sonal Jain, Sustainability Director – Net Zero Carbon, Clients & WorkplacesJLL 
  • Miles Lewis, Head of Sustainability – Urban RegenerationLendlease 
  • Andy Sharpe, Director of Project Management – Strategic Land, Grosvenor
  • Karl Desai, Senior AdvisorAdvancing Net Zero UKGBC 
  • Alexandra JoncaProject Coordinator, UKGBC  

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