How Can We Achieve Net Zero Construction?

A human hand holding a small green earth with a tree growing out of the top which represents achieveing net zero construction.


At GeoGrow, we understand the urgency of climate change and the importance of sustainable practices in every industry, particularly in construction. Our team is dedicated to leading the way towards net zero construction, a goal that is both achievable and vital for our planet. Here's how we propose to do it.

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Cut Carbon

Firstly, limiting upfront embodied carbon is crucial. Embodied carbon refers to the greenhouse gases emitted during the manufacture, transport, and construction of building materials. By being mindful of these emissions in our initial planning stages, we can reduce our overall carbon footprint considerably.


Secondly, we aim to minimise the use of virgin materials. By focusing on recycled and reused materials, we decrease the demand for new resources and therefore lessen our environmental impact. At the same time, we are committed to reducing fossil energy use. Incorporating on-site renewable energy sources, like solar panels or wind turbines, helps us decrease our reliance on non-renewable energy.

Design Smart

Passive design elements also play a significant role in reducing emissions. By designing buildings to take advantage of natural light, air flow, and thermal mass, you can lessen the need for artificial lighting, heating, and cooling, further cutting down energy consumption.

Long-lasting products and recycled materials are at the core of our construction strategy. A faster build, achieved through efficient planning and execution, not only saves time but also reduces emissions related to extended periods of construction. This is enhanced by our goal of using zero-emission vehicles on site.

We also prioritise using site-won materials - those excavated directly from the construction site. This strategy reduces the energy and emissions associated with transporting materials from far-flung locations.

Build Greener

An additional way to absorb emissions is through greener infrastructure. This means constructing buildings and outdoor spaces that include elements like green roofs and walls, which absorb CO2 and release oxygen.

Sustainability isn't just a buzzword for us at GeoGrow - it's a philosophy that we apply to every aspect of our work. Those who struggle to meet Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) targets, may be able to practice biodiversity offsetting through verified programs that either capture or prevent the release of CO2.

Finally, we strive to limit material waste. Through meticulous planning, efficient construction, and a commitment to recycling, we can significantly cut down on waste, further minimising our environmental impact.

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In conclusion, achieving net zero construction is not just a dream, but an attainable reality. It requires commitment, innovation, and a shift in mindset. At GeoGrow, we're proud to be leading the charge towards a sustainable future in construction, one earth structure and retaining wall at a time. Contact us today to learn more.


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