Case Study / 13 Jul 2016

Sir Robert McAlpine

Trucost was commissioned to perform a net benefit analysis of different energy efficient technologies.

Sir Robert McAlpine is a leading UK building and civil engineering company. It combines outstanding technical expertise with the personal touch that comes with being a family-owned company.

Sir Robert McAlpine and Hammerson asked Trucost to weigh up the natural capital costs and benefits of three energy efficient technologies on two different development schemes: solar panels and LED lighting at Southampton’s WestQuay Watermark shopping centre, and gas fired, combined heat and power (CHP) at London’s Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration scheme. The results will improve understanding of the wider financial benefits and costs of different technologies, leading to more informed, smarter decision-making.

“Natural capital accounting will help drive progress within the industry by providing a critical new lens through which to assess responsible construction. Taking the long-term view on the impact of our projects on their surroundings is key to creating a more sustainable future for us all. The impact of the construction and operation of a building far exceeds just the up-front financial cost, and natural capital accounting is a great tool for capturing the benefits that sustainable design decisions can bring.”

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