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Responsible Investment Case study: Developing sustainable buildings

We recognise that the property sector has a significant role to play in reducing carbon emissions and that our developments present the biggest opportunity for us to influence the environmental performance of our portfolio. After an intensive 12-month study, we announced in June 2020 that all new developments within the Tritax Symmetry portfolio will be built to net zero carbon in construction, in line with the UK Green Building Council’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Framework.

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To achieve this, we will mitigate the embodied carbon generated by our development programme by funding high-quality, accredited and verified offset schemes. At the same time, we will continue to carry out research with our specialist consultants and construction supply chain, to further reduce embodied carbon in construction. We will also maintain a minimum BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’ on all new buildings and aim for an EPC rating of ‘A’, while proactively working with customers towards achieving net zero carbon in operational use.

Following the announcement, Tritax Symmetry is now delivering its first net zero carbon in construction building for DPD, at Symmetry Park Bicester. The Company’s commitment to net zero carbon in construction is part of our broader sustainability ambitions. By following our sustainability strategy, we will deliver logistics space for our customers that is best in class, future proof and resilient to climate change, while creating lasting social and economic impact within our communities.

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