Industrial developer PLP has announced its first net zero carbon-ready development at its 343,000 square feet warehouse at Smithywood, Sheffield.
To achieve the ‘Net Zero Carbon Ready’ standard, PLP has assessed carbon emissions from construction through life cycle assessment of materials and products and reduced these emissions, mainly through the inclusion of materials with a lower carbon footprint.
PLP will mitigate the remaining construction carbon emissions to net zero, by funding high-quality carbon offset projects.
The building is also designed to promote energy-efficient and low carbon operation, with photovoltaics (PV) and air source heat pumps and 100% LED lighting.
Further design measures including roof strengthening will allow the operator to install additional PV and battery storage in future to further enhance operational building performance.
Jeremy Greenland, CEO at PLP said: “With a useful life of 30 to 50 years, producing net zero carbon ready warehouses at no extra cost to occupiers is a big step forward.
“Incorporating additional design flexibility to enable them to transition to net zero carbon operations more cost-effectively should mean our developments stand the test of time.”
The project is due to complete in September 2020.
The firm has also committed to delivering all its future projects to the UK Green Building Council’s Net Zero Carbon Ready standard.