Supporting Climate Change and Net Zero Carbon targets for the built environment is important to Ryden.

In 2019 the UK Government enacted “The Climate Change Act 2008 (2050 Target Amendment) Order 2019”. The legislation is a pledge by the UK that they will become carbon neutral by 2050. 

Carbon neutrality is achieving the balance of omitting carbon and absorbing carbon from the atmosphere. The target is that our carbon emissions achieve zero. Hence the term “Net Zero Carbon”.

The built environment accounts for around 40% of the UK’s total carbon footprint. Because of this overwhelming figure those involved in the construction and property sectors have a responsibility to ensure the target set by the UK Government is achieved.

We are taking action to assist with achieving the Net Zero 2050 target

    • Our Project Management & Building Consultancy teams are involved in managing a wide range of projects throughout the UK. We ensure sustainability and the environment is considered at every stage of the construction process.
    • We work closely with Developers, Designers, Land Purchasers, Landlords and Funders to ensure that we approach this critical issue collaboratively and cooperatively.
    • The Professional Design Teams we work alongside now have a responsibility to ensure that their project design considers both the Operational Energy of the building and the Embodied Carbon of the material used during construction. Both have to be significantly reduced.
    • These reductions are not easily met and require expertise to assist the Team in reaching these targets. It is now common for a Net Zero Carbon Consultant to be added to the Team. We ensure the Team is structured and managed throughout the project from day one.
    • Our Building Consultants work closely with our Property Managers to provide maintenance and management services of the current built environment. We can influence change to assist with creating a greener future as plant and equipment requires replacing or upgrading.
    • Our Planning Consultants routinely include Sustainability Audits and Assessments in support of planning applications for new proposals.
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Cadworks, Glasgow

Cadworks is a 94,500 sq ft office development in Glasgow city centre due for completion Q4 2021. It is being developed to the highest standards of environmental performance aiming for an Excellent BREEAM Rating, an EPC A Rating and will be Net Zero Carbon in operation.

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Student Accommodation, Edinburgh

141-unit student development to create a sustainable building on the gap site left by a former petrol station. The site had previously been contaminated by a fuel leak. The scheme focuses on cycle parking, has no parking spaces for cars, and is targeting an EPC A Rating.

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Wilderness Scotland, Aviemore

An existing unheated industrial unit transformed into a new HQ for Wilderness Scotland. The latest highly efficient insulated cladding panel systems exceed the backstop required for thermal performance in the building regulations. Low carbon technology in the form of air source heat pumps were installed as the primary power source and locally sourced timber cladding was used.

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Veterinary Surgery, Glasgow

The design of a new extension employs low carbon technologies in the form of air source heat pumps to provide space and water heating as well as photovoltaic solar panels to augment the incoming electricity supply. The building fabric is designed to achieve a 50% reduction on backstop thermal performance requirements and air-tightness.