Decarbonisation and climate resilience of the Built Environment

Meeting climate change challenges in the built environment

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges for us as a society and humankind. We can no longer ignore the pace at which change is already occurring. The built environment is one of the largest contributors to CO2 emissions. It is currently responsible for about 40 percent of global emissions.

There are already great chances and multiple opportunities to meet the ambitious two-degree climate target and pave the transition to a zero-carbon economy.

A key role is played by cross-sectoral sustainable planning to future-proof the multitude of emission sources in every aspect of the life cycle of buildings and infrastructure.

For all parties involved, this means reducing carbon emissions per square metre for existing properties and planned projects.

To achieve this goal, reliable data and transparent communication are necessary. Only based on objective information efficient and sustainable strategies can be derived.

Predictive analytics means forward-looking modelling and simulation of building performance. It involves active sensor technology, smart IoT systems and connected platforms and plays a central role in the transformation process towards carbon neutrality. It allows advanced energy-efficient, resource-saving planning and demand management even for longer periods ahead. Forecasting accuracy and certainty is improved by continuous integration of already collected data.

Even in early planning phases, modelling and simulation provides decisive added value for decarbonisation strategies and climate resilience in the CAE sector (Construction, Architecture, Engineering).

Integrated with Building Information Modelling (BIM) technologies, Virtual Engineering is key to minimise embodied and operational carbon emissions and to assess alternative, resource-efficient and circular solutions in terms of longevity, safety and performance. It also supports optimising a planned project in these respects.

Only integrative modelling and simulation can address the long-term resilience of a building project to physical climate risk, the various forms of extreme weather and the simultaneous ever-increasing infrastructure needs of urban environments. It brings together expert information, knowledge and solution strategies across sectors. It also unlocks the potential of climate-sensitive modernisation and retrofitting of today’s building stock, which is also of utmost importance for achieving the sustainability goals of the building industry.

Certification of sustainability performance

Green building rating standards and benchmarking confirm your project’s sustainability goals and its compliance with guidelines and regulations. They secure the asset value and enhance the reputation of your project with investors and business partners. Your market opportunities increase and the attractiveness of financing future green and renewable building technologies is rising.

Rating standards not only measure the carbon footprint of your planned project, they also enable attractive and future-proof property investments by making your buildings and quarters more sustainable, durable and resilient. Moreover, the well-being of the people who will live and work in the future in these buildings should be at the very centre of your considerations from the earliest planning stages.

We offer the necessary modelling and data basis for your building projects – for sustainable energy-efficient building operation that will resist climate change over the next 50 to 100 years.

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We help you to answer important questions about your project:

  • How can the CAE sector prepare for the adverse effects of climate change?

  • Which practical opportunities offers climate-resilient building planning to minimise future impacts on environment and climate?

  • How can both operational and embodied carbon emissions be considered in the digital planning process?

We offer the required modelling and data basis for your building projects – for low-energy building use that is self-sustaining and resilient to climate change over the next 50 to 100 years.

Our Services

Explore our Virtual Engineering portfolio for sustainable projects and developments in the CAE sector.

Compliance Untersuchungen für klimaresiliente Bauplanung

Compliance Audits, Building Rating Standards, Green Buildings, Sustainability Certifications and more

Wind Engineering für klimaresiliente Bauplanung

Interactions between wind and the built environment, pedestrian wind comfort, turbulence, local microclimate and more.

Bauphysik für klimaresiliente Bauplanung

Reduction of embodied and operational carbon, building performance, energy accounting, etc.

With our offer we are happy to support you in achieving your climate and sustainability goals

The cornerstone of your sustainable business strategy is knowledge about the right methods, technologies and tools, as well as their optimal and professional implementation.

We will guide you in enabling digital and climate-resilient innovations in order to create better offers, products and business models and to secure your competitive advantage in the long term.

Call us or fill out our contact form to arrange a call or meeting to discuss how our experts can help you.


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Virtual Engineering for Sustainability in Planning and Product Development

Osterfeldstr 79b

Hamburg, 22529


Tel: +49-(0)40-28 41 67 82


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