Munich/Vienna, 30th April 30t2020 – 40 % of Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions can be traced back to buildings. There is huge room for improvement in this area. The fact that an ecological approach and local purchasing decisions also make economic sense for building projects was known long before building materials became stuck overseas waiting for delivery due to corona. However, Michael Haugeneder and Jens Glöggler, the Managing Directors of ATP sustain, ATP’s in-house research company in the field of sustainable building, are convinced that the current challenges will shift the momentum of decision-making in the interests of sustainability.
The crisis as an opportunity for the climate?
“I believe that the world will become more conscious than ever of the relationships that we establish. These also include environmental relationships as highlighted by, for example, CO2 auditing,” says Glöggler. Even in this field, things are considered in isolation far too often. “As a result of this crisis we must learn how to deal with the complexity of global interrelationships by evaluating things in their broader context,” he adds, pointing out an increasing trend amongst his clients to commission services as part of longer-term, forward-looking real estate strategies.
A range of concepts and tools are already available that make it possible to retain a holistic overall overview of design decisions and their impact. ATP sustain, for example, already uses such tools in the lifecycle-oriented analysis of building projects that are developed in line with the three pillars of sustainability (economic, ecological, and social, etc.). Even certification tools such as the DGNB and ÖGNI systems, which are already well-known to the market, avoid evaluating projects from a single aspect but, rather, demand minimum qualities in all criteria.
Future-proof and flexible
The key concept of offering a “guaranteed long-term future” is particularly important to ATP sustain in this context. A building is only sustainable when it is also future-proof. The more flexibly a building can be used the more viable it will also be. “Showing clients ways of making their properties more future-proof is our daily work. By making full use of our strategic consultancy services they can also make much better use of the capital tied up in their buildings and reduce investment risk” says Michael Haugeneder with certainty.