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Nov 9, 2013 (3 years and 9 months ago)

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Realising opportunities for
resource efficiency through

surveying




Introducing the Refurbishment
Survey Toolkit (Pilot)

“Resource efficient construction makes best use of materials, water and
energy over the lifecycle of built assets to minimise embodied and
operational carbon”

What is resource efficiency?

Energy

Water

Operational

Impacts

Life
-
span

Recycled Content

End of Life

Material

Quantity

Scarcity

Wastage

Embodied

Impacts

Component
s of
resource

efficiency

that can be
influenced by a
building surveyor

Business benefits of resource efficient construction include:



Cost
savings
;


Risk
reduction
;


Opportunities
for innovation;


Compliance
with regulations, standards and planning requirements;


Supporting
industry
objectives; and


Improved
reputation
.



Why be more resource efficient?


Approximately 70% of buildings that will
be present in 2050 are in existence



Significant refurbishment of buildings
required in order to meet the
Government’s carbon budgets



Effective refurbishment can offer
considerable benefit

The need for resource efficient
refurbishment




Given the scale of refurbishment required there exists
huge opportunity to improve resource efficiency in terms
of:



Selection of appropriate materials


Reducing waste


Improving operational efficiency

Opportunity



WRAP has undertaken a range of
projects related to refurbishment
(research / engagement / case
studies)


Opportunities to improve resource
efficiency of refurbishment are
currently being missed




Background to the project


Surveyors have a key role to play




Surveyors and the construction supply chain

Client

Surveyor

Designer

Contractor

Product
supplier


The influence of the building surveyor:




At
concept stage
the

surveyor

can provide strategic advice on schematic

development plans



At
detailed design stage
they can advise on alternative

design plans



Alternatively

they can advise

clients
before

a commitment is made to
purchase a real estate asset


Brief

Assemble working group of experts to test and understand:



Barriers / opportunities


Advantages


Disadvantages....


....of a resource efficient approach

Identify

what is required to
increase awareness
and help
surveyors to deliver more
resource efficient
refurbishment
projects








Introducing the Refurbishment Survey Toolkit
project

Introducing the working group

Patricia
Newman
Practice

Feedback from Working Group

Advantages


Identify and capture
benefits


Closer engagement with
the client / supply chain


Reputation


Disadvantages


Finance / time
implications


Information overload


Up
-
skilling / re
-
skilling


What are the potential advantages / disadvantages of a more
resource efficient approach?

How to overcome the disadvantages


Demonstrate the
business case
through evidence and real life case
studies


Provide quick to use,
free

guidance


Ensure the supply chain is
committed

to resource efficiency and collaborate
from top downwards (and vice versa)


Obtain
endorsement

from clients,
trade bodies, etc


What does the surveyor need to improve
Resource Efficiency?


Clear remit
from client


Information about the
scope

of works


Understand
key

stakeholders


Awareness of quick
wins

and
success factors


Knowledge

of
where

to go for more information


Other findings from working group


Extent of influence dependent on the
scale

of project



There are many areas relating to
low carbon
refurbishment
that the surveyor may not currently
addressing but
can

do so with correct
guidance



The remit and
ability

of the surveyor to
influence

Resource Efficiency strongly linked to the
Project Brief
that they were allocated

Specification for toolkit (derived from
working group)





Simple

and
quick

to use


Explains Resource Efficiency and associated
benefits


Describes process for embedding Resource Efficiency
through
procurement process


Provides example
quick win
opportunities


Signposts

to further information



Introducing the Refurbishment Survey
Toolkit (Pilot)





Free to use


Supported by RICS


Informed through working group of industry specialists


Introduction

Background

Further
Information

Procurement

Process of addressing
Resource Efficiency

Survey

Home

Page

Next

Page

How to use the toolkit




Click here to understand
what Resource Efficiency (RE)
means and why it is of
relevance
to clients and surveyors


1) Background

Click here to
understand

the Resource Efficiency

actions
that can be applied
at each construction stage.

Click here to view
relevant information
such as legislation, environmental
assessment and useful websites for different UK regions.

3) Further Information

2a) Procurement

2b) Survey

Click here to view WRAP's recommended approach to
resource efficient
procurement
and understand how to
embed

this within your projects

Click here to view the
key Resource Efficiency considerations
that may be
applicable to your project (and understand the associated
benefits
). Links to
case
studies
and

business cases
are provided.


2) Process of addressing
Resource Efficiency

Process





Explains actions for clients and surveyors (based on project
stages)



Provides links to subsequent sections

Explaining the procurement process



000

Policy

Statement


Contract Clause

Project
Implementation

Project Specific
Resource
Efficiency Brief

(RMP scoping
output)

Commit

Cascade

Capture

Resource
Management
Plan



The
Policy Statement
declares the high level commitment (and typically

contains actions and goals for being more resource efficient).




The
Project Specific Resource Efficiency Brief
details the actions to be taken based on project specific circumstances.




The
Contract Clause
formalises the approach and requires adherence to the agreed actions (e.g. through the Resource Management
Planning process).




The
Project Implementation
stage defines the information that should be gathered to evidence actions.


Click on each link to view more information about each step of the process and model wording to be used in your own
documents


(
Management
framework)

The Resource Efficiency survey




Section split into four Resource Efficiency categories:






For each category the following information is provided:


Links to
business cases


Links to
case studies


List of
quick win
opportunities

Materials

Waste

Water

Energy

Business case and case studies
-

Materials



Optimising Materials

Use On Site

Numerous opportunities exist

throughout the
survey, design and construction stages to
embed Resource Efficiency in a refurbishment
project through simple consideration of the
materials used.


Equally, organisations can take advantage of
opportunities to reduce costs through
considered material specification, with lifetime
maintenance and management costs typically
around five times greater than the cost of
initial construction.


Case study:

62
-
64
Seymour Street

Refurbishment of 5 storey Victorian residential

block
; mixed use.

-

Set 'Cradle to Gate' targets for embodied carbon


-

Concrete frame
-

439tCO
2
e

(50% GGBS)


-

Cladding
740tCO
2
e

-

Transport study demonstrated a
30
-
40%

contribution of total
embodied carbon of precast concrete due to transportation

-

Analysis of three suppliers (Lincolnshire, Dublin and Brussels) local
supplier used despite higher cost.

View

full case
study

Understanding

the business case


Throughout the construction sector clients are expecting more from designers and consultants. A particular challenge
is keeping costs down whilst meeting the high sustainability standards sought by planners, investors and occupiers.
Resource use (materials, energy and water) is an increasingly important component of both cost and environmental
impact:


since 2000, resource costs have increased by ~150%. Real energy and water costs are up ~120% and 60%
respectively in the last decade; and


construction materials are responsible for ~10% of UK carbon emissions
.




View

full
business case

Materials


Identifying opportunities
-

Materials



Resource Efficiency Consideration

Benefits of resource efficient approach

Specify materials with a higher
recycled content



For clients, requiring projects to exceed a
minimum level of recycled content is
commercially sensible, good for the environment
and achievable at no additional cost

Specify materials with lower
embodied carbon



Use of materials with low embodied carbon
minimises the environmental impacts of
construction.



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Are there opportunities to consider
durability / intended lifespan?



By specifying materials with sufficient durability
to match the intend life of the building
operational maintenance costs and replacement
costs will be minimised.



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Further information

What next? Links with ‘Tablet’ based
reporting systems


Tablet based, ‘Cloud’ reporting tools are gradually
becoming normal practice for conducting on
-
site surveys
for many practices of all sizes.



WRAP is in discussions with leading ‘Cloud’ reporting
software companies to develop a ‘resource efficient’ cloud
based reporting tool


watch this space.