Our mission is to transform buildings for a net-zero carbon future.
We focus on buildings because they account for 40 percent of the world’s carbon emissions.
We believe that this transformation must be market-driven, aimed at rewarding building owners and operators who make energy-saving upgrades to new and existing buildings.
The Carbon Index (Ci) is an accreditation system that benchmarks and tracks operational energy use and carbon emissions in building projects. It is designed to be an accessible and affordable tool that can be applied to any building type, at any stage of the building’s lifecycle from design, remodelling to operation.
The Carbon Index is a revolutionary method of benchmarking and accreditation of building and infrastructure projects:
Available for virtually all building types, the Carbon Index will provide a practical framework for highly efficient, and cost-saving high performance buildings to drive decarbonisation in the Built Environment.
There are several ways to determine the energy efficiency of a building project. Most Green Building Assessment methods look at the building’s structure and services (heating, cooling, insulation, etc.) and evaluate how it is designed in response to the behaviour of the “typical tenant”. This means that even if a really well-designed building is operated inefficiently, they will still receive high green building. To improve a Green Building score, the building owner or tenant must spend in upgrading each component to a certain level of performance.
The Carbon Index is a Performance-based scheme and uses a different approach: It analyses energy measurements to determine how much energy a building actually consumes. Instead of standardising or eliminating the tenant’s behaviour, the Carbon Index puts the occupant at the centre of the equation. This strategy gives potential buyers and tenants, as well as tenants, knowledge of how the building works.
Carbon trading is a market-based system aimed at reducing greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming, particularly carbon dioxide emitted by burning fossil fuels. When applied to countries and power generation, it is not a novel idea, but it is revolutionary as a voluntary tool for enhancing building energy efficiency.
The Carbon Index intends to incentivise building projects to reduce and trade carbon emissions in order to meet their certification objectives. Buildings that may surpass their carbon savings objectives at a given time may sell their credits to buildings that are struggling to meet their targets, resulting in the same overall carbon savings. Whether the transaction occurs within the owner’s portfolio or between two individual building projects, it takes advantage of market dynamics and flexibility to find the most cost effective path to energy efficiency for individual buildings and thus the entire system.