Net Zero Block 5 Seminars

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm

How to Achieve Net Zero Carbon at ICS level; Learning From Birmingham And Solihull

The NHS Carbon Footprint (emissions under NHS direct control) needs to be net zero by 2040, with an ambition for an interim 80% reduction by 2028-2032.

Birmingham and Solihull integrated care system (ICS) serves a population of 1.3 million people in the West Midlands region. Within the area there are 5 NHS Trusts, 3 Councils and a multitude of GP Practices. We are committed to developing, understanding, and reducing our environmental impact and ensure we progress towards sustainable healthcare. In 2021 we commissioned AA Projects to produce an Annual Sustainability Report which was the starting point in terms of collating the data from across the organisations which sit within the ICS.

It is acknowledged that each of the 5 Trusts are at different stages of their progress towards Net Zero Carbon, the propose of the report was to set a framework for reporting on the sustainability measures which have been achieved annually. The report establishes a baseline for all organisations and maps the progress to date and highlights areas where information may be missing, or further action is required. There are 21 recommendations which cover the short, medium and long term.

The report will be updated annually updated to show the progress we are making at ICS level in terms of meeting the NHS overall target of Net Zero Carbon by 2040.

The ICS has formed a Green Board and has sustainability representatives from all stakeholder trusts and national property companies. Additionally we have local authority members and ICS programme leads for medicines management, primary care, procurement, people and digital. We have developed a communications strategy and trained exec leads on carbon literacy. We have appointed an Exec Lead to Chair the Board.


2:50 pm - 3:10 pm

Helping to Create Sustainable Healthcare Accommodation

The objective of the presentation is to inform Healthcare providers of how they can create Sustainable Healthcare Accommodation through the design and build process, utilising modern methods of construction (MMC) for net-zero carbon (NZC) ready buildings.

The presentation details how new healthcare accommodation can achieve NZC, aligned to meet the 2028 NHS government target. In the long term, a broader approach for net-zero whole life carbon will cover all of the emissions associated with the construction, operation, maintenance, and demolition of a building. The methodology provided ensures the embodied emissions associated with products and construction will be measured, reduced, and offset to achieve NZC.

Regarding operational energy, the energy used by the building in operation should be reduced and where possible, any demand is met through renewable energy. Any remaining emissions from operational energy use should be offset to achieve NZC.

A principal step to achieving NZC is Passivhaus - the principles relate well back to MMC due to the ease of incorporating the additional insulation and the naturally higher airtightness of an MMC construction.

Passivhaus buildings achieve a 75% reduction in space heating requirements, compared to standard practice for UK new build (traditional builds). The Passivhaus standard, therefore, gives a robust method to help the industry achieve the 80% carbon reductions that are set as a legislative target for the UK Government.

The overall construction process using MMC provides greater energy efficiency and a reduced carbon footprint when compared to traditional construction, for example, Low U values and exceptional airtightness lead to minimising heat loss.

Currently, operating carbon energy isn't clean which powers the building, so it is imperative to provide the right materials maximising the embodied carbon. As the government targets come into play, it will be more cost-effective to act now rather than retrospectively.


  • David Moss Managing Director - AGH Solutions (Airedale General Hospital)
  • Jim Pierce Development Director - Darwin Group
3:10 pm - 3:30 pm

Understanding Net Zero Benefits Using Offsite Construction

This presentation will focus on how 3D volumetric systems help NHS trusts achieve their Net Zero Carbon goals, by utilising quality controlled offsite manufacturing techniques leading to reductions in energy during manufacture, delivery, site installation and beyond.
Premier will show that by focussing on a fabric first approach utilising lean, clean and green technologies, coupled with end-of-life recycling of modules closing the circularity loop, leads to both operational and embodied Net Zero Carbon energy.
By early client engagement at the pre-design stages and by using energy modelling evaluation, we can ensure buildings achieve the energy performance requirements and assist clients during their decision-making processes at every stage of the project to deliver a more comfortable building with Net Zero operational and embodied energy.
We will discuss our key learning points:
 Fabric First design principles, how improved thermal insulation properties, enhanced thermal bridging detailing and lower air permeability rates require less heating and cooling, saving energy and carbon.
 Lean, Clean and Green principles, how we design and build structures that consume as little energy as possible whilst generating as much as possible from clean, renewable sources
 Whole Life Cycle and Circularity principles adopting a cradle to grave and beyond design methodology.
 Our robust ISO 14001 certified environmental management system and constantly improving environmental performance through more efficient use of resources and reduction of waste.
 Deliveries minimised because products arrive in bulk, rather than individually to disparate sites - up to 83% fewer vehicle movements disruption, congestion and carbon emissions
 Materials are received with minimal packaging to save time and waste on site.
 Recyclable modules and components and our Zero Waste to landfill policy
 Premier's Carbon Reduction Plans helping to reduce the embodied carbon of our products at the manufacturing stage.



  • Natalie Muenier National Business Development Director - Premier Modular
  • View full profile for Eric MunroEric Munro CEF Director, Department of Capital, Estates and Facilities - King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Philippa Grant Director of Energy & Sustainable Development - AESG