The construction industry can mitigate carbon emissions through the smart retrofitting of built assets, notes a new research report by construction technology provider Asite. The report, Smart Retrofitting: The Key to Decarbonizing the Built Environment, responds to the construction industry’s role in the Paris Agreement and focuses on the decarbonization of existing buildings, both residential and commercial. It analyses and evaluates the technologies and approaches that can be used to mitigate carbon emissions and provides an insight into the role of digital twins in the industry’s journey to net zero.
“The relationship between our planet and the built environment must be treated as symbiotic,” says Asite CEO Nathan Doughty. “The industries central to delivering and maintaining our built environment — architecture, engineering and construction, property management, facilities and asset management, and, technology, software, and manufacturing — have a huge role to play in the advancement of net-zero carbon goals and are crucial to our future.”
The report examines how digital transformation and digital engineering can help us achieve a resilient and sustainable built environment. It identifies the issues within existing buildings that must be addressed to meet global goals and the barriers preventing the widespread retrofitting required to accomplish global climate targets.
The snapshot report also discusses retrofitting on a global scale and examines government and organization policies and initiatives from around the world – including the U.K., Europe, U.A.E., North America, Australia, and India. And it identifies how digital engineering can help the industry overcome challenges and support the delivery of retrofits at scale to help the construction industry meet decarbonization goals.
Digital twins are concluded to be the future of retrofitting. They offer the most comprehensive resource for retrofitting at scale as a composite of a variety of technologies. Digital twin technology will allow the industry to achieve current goals and also future-proof buildings beyond 2050 decarbonization targets.
Read the report here.