CASE

ARUP

How we helped Arup, a global built environment company, with advanced real estate analytics.

Insight

Around 300 UK councils have declared a climate emergency. Councils are taking action to reduce their own carbon emissions and working with partners to tackle the impact of climate change on their local area.

However, there are complex challenges in decarbonising large portfolios of highly heterogeneous building stocks. Issues in accessing data on buildings and modelling the impacts of retrofit scenarios across thousands of properties means that the path to net zero is obscured.

Dilemma

Around 300 UK councils (United Kingdom) have declared a climate emergency. Councils are taking action to reduce their carbon emissions and working with partners to tackle the impact of climate change locally. There are complex challenges in decarbonizing large portfolios of highly heterogeneous building stocks. Issues in accessing data on buildings and modeling the impacts of retrofit scenarios across thousands of properties means that the path to net zero is obscured.

Solution

We collaborated with Arup to develop a virtual representation of several thousand properties across three major UK cities. This model included multiple building types and provided a solid baseline for further iteration and scenario analysis. We ran several scenarios focusing on three intervention types: 1) A deep retrofit requiring significant change to the buildings. 2) A light retrofit which would not require massive alteration. 3) A do-minimum in order to investigate a baseline. 

By utilizing Skenarios Real Estate and combining our platform and modeling with Arup’s expertise we were able to deliver high quality analysis for their clients and have since expanded our collaboration to additional projects with central and local Governments around the UK. Skenarios Real Estate allows property data to be collected, collated and analyzed quickly. It can also provide a set of derived assumptions where data was not available and which can then be updated or replaced.

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