Buildings and the construction industry are responsible for approximately 40% of the planet’s energy-related carbon emissions. This simply cannot continue.

Buro Happold is at the forefront of driving the net zero carbon agenda. Committed to developing and sharing knowledge of this critical issue across engineering and construction, we were among the first signatories to the World Green Building Council Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration. Moreover, Buro Happold has a seat on the steering group for the UK Green Building Council net zero carbon buildings framework definition task group.  

In addition to publishing our own Climate Emergency Action Plan, last year we initiated the ‘Engineers Declare’ movement to galvanise the broader professional community in tackling the climate and biodiversity agendas.

As stated in our Global Sustainability Report, Buro Happold has set three clear net zero carbon targets: for our own operations by April 2021, in operation for all our new build projects by 2030 and for all projects by 2050. We understand not only what it takes, but also how existentially crucial it is, for us and our clients to meet these ambitious goals together.

Clients we work with

city leaders discussing net zero carbon plans

City authorities

Our sustainability and carbon management experts enable city leaders to navigate the complex challenges posed by the creation and delivery of action plans.

Helping clients the world over, we participated in devising New York City’s innovative 80 x 50 plan and have assisted the Greater London Authority in developing post-occupancy evaluation studies and tall building assessments for the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation. Buro Happold also contributes to the C40 Cities initiative in an advisory capacity.

Services we provide

  • Climate emergency action plans
  • Technical studies
  • Scenario planning
  • Business case development
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Evidence base for local plans and supplementary planning guidance
working with developers on net zero carbon plans

Developers and asset owners

From creating a business case to full portfolio audits, our consultants help property developers and asset owners to understand economic and environmental impacts while conceiving mitigative action plans.

Buro Happold has worked with clients in this sector across a wide range of projects, which include Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Stratford Waterfront in London, and Cheshire’s Alderley Park.

Services we provide

  • Net zero carbon strategies
  • Operational energy
  • Embodied carbon
  • Renewable energy
  • Low and zero carbon heat
  • Smart grid
  • Low carbon transport
  • Carbon offsetting
  • Disclosure, measurement and verification
  • Planning strategies and documentation
  • Portfolio assessments
  • Energy auditing
  • Benchmarking
  • Design for performance
  • Target setting
net zero carbon consultants working with architects


Working collaboratively with project and community stakeholders, Buro Happold helps architects to negotiate the realities of construction in executing client vision. As well as translating designs into high-performance solutions, we use energy modelling to enhance operational efficiency ahead of build.

Our consultants have helped clients to deliver exceptional refits – including the Bartlett School of Architecture – and new builds such as the Santa Monica City Services Building. These projects meet the world’s most rigorous criteria for sustainability, resilience and long-term cost-effectiveness.

Services we can provide

  • Net zero carbon strategies
  • Client and stakeholder workshops
  • Early stage concepts
  • Parametric modelling
  • Design for performance
  • Operational energy modelling
  • Embodied carbon lifecycle assessments
  • Technical advice on material choices and structural solutions
  • Specifications
  • Soft landings
  • Post-occupancy evaluation

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