The 5 steps to carbon risk mitigation

Make the right decisions for net zero with five crucial steps: gather all data in one place, determine emissions, understand their impact, forecast scenarios and decide for the best course of action.

The 5 steps to carbon risk mitigation

Make the right decisions for net zero with five crucial steps: gather all data in one place, determine emissions, understand their impact, forecast scenarios and decide for the best course of action.

The “d” in decarbonization stands for data-driven

The development of decarbonization strategies for real estate portfolios requires to seamlessly connect the built world with the digital world. Deciding for the best course of action requires vast amounts of qualitative data and predictive power based on AI. At the very beginning, however, stands the integration of all necessary data into a single source of truth allowing for an exponential gain of information sovereignty – from single buildings up to general portfolio level. BuildingMinds accompanies real estate businesses on every step of their journey from comprehensive data integration to the development of advanced business intelligence based on AI and deep learning capabilities.

5 steps to a data-driven net zero roadmap

Step 1: Get the overview and monitor energy consumption

To create a high-level overview of all assets and their current energy consumption, all relevant building-related information from various data holders and systems are merged. APIs to energy provider platforms, existing BMS or smart meters enable to collect energy consumption data in intervals of any size. If needed, a specifically developed survey-tool helps to fill data gaps and to make sure all building’s physical data is accurate and up-to-date.


Step 2: Determine operational carbon emissions

Based on the buildings’ resource consumption operational carbon emissions are calculated and displayed in all details, including split into scopes based on GHG protocol, share of renewable energy, development over time and how buildings compare to each in order other to identify outliers for further investigation.


Step 3: Assess carbon risk

The exact stranding moment and the impact of missing or reaching energy-intensity or carbon-intensity targets is determined by comparing the portfolio’s or buildings’ carbon emissions to CRREM targets for +1.5° or +2.0°C climate warming until 2050.​ With advanced carbon pricing simulations, the saving potential can be calculated and visualized based on different emission tax or penalty fee scenarios.


Step 4: Simulate decarbonization roadmaps

With a roadmap simulation feature, previous, current and future energetic retrofits can be added to the simulation. The roadmap report shows an overview of all planned measures on a timeline
to support spreading investment and resources evenly and if measures are sufficient to meet respective decarbonization goals.


Step 5: Leveraging AI for advanced scenario analysis in the future

Get a transparent recommendation for optimal portfolio decarbonization roadmaps based on all data-points available maximize carbon reduction while minimizing and spreading investment cost and prevent buildings from stranding. With additional information on vacancies, lease contract periods, revenue and profitability, equipment lifecycle and structural quality, it can be made sure that a roadmap doesn’t remain theoretical but can become a blueprint for real world implementation.

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The BuildingMinds Sustainability Solution provides an automated calculation and interactive visualization of emissions and carbon footprint, benchmarking against various standards and long-term carbon risk scenario analytics.

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