Zero Carbon Challenge: Crowd Sourcing the University of London's Zero Carbon Strategy

It’s been quite a week for Low Carbon Design. First the publication of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report. This stresses that we need to keep below a 1.5 temperature rise, not just to save the low lying islands, but to keep developed countries safe too. It also emphasised the need to up our game with building retrofit. Then we had the opportunity to address the "Zero Carbon Challenge" conference @UoLondon. David Morley and our Head of Environmental Design, Jenny Juritz talked about talked the relevance to the Higher Education Sector of low carbon retrofit, including Synergy House in Southampton Row (see above) and our award winning "Low Carbon Georgian Refurbishment"119 Ebury Street #sustainablepracticeoftheyear @ArchJrnal100 @Grosvenor_GBI @lborouniversity @UoNSport #sustainable


Many UK universities such as Kings College London, Bristol and the University of London are aiming to make their campuses zero carbon in the next 20 years. To achieve this goal they require new and innovative approaches to both new build design and major renovations of existing and historic buildings. The aim of the conference is to develop innovative approaches to achieve these goals within real world parameters.


The morning featured presentations of the plans universities have to reach zero carbon as well as the successes they have had and difficulties they have encountered working toward these goals. The afternoon ran as a series of roundtable discussions bringing together the university and industry professionals in the room to develop targets and plans to achieve the University of London’s Zero Carbon goal.