Support for sustainable reporting
Firstplanit’s multidisciplinary team contains a broad spectrum of experience, from construction, manufacturing, behaviour and impact expertise to cutting-edge machine learning and AI knowledge. It has spent the last three years picking apart the ‘processes, fibs, excuses and roadblocks’ that maintain the status quo in the building sector.
‘We have found short- and long-term ways to drive change for people who commission, design and use buildings’, Ankita says.
The team has identified many key gaps in existing tools and methods, with outputs validated by experts from world-renowned institutions including The Bartlett, UCL and World Resources Institute. Influential architects and engineers have signed up and have tested Firstplanit in beta mode ahead of the official launch.
The Firstplanit tool itself is a rigorously simple piece of kit that combines deep domain expertise with cutting-edge digital tech.
It boils down four major streams of expertise into an immediate scoring across environmental, social, health and monetary impacts. The goal is to enable quick, valuable decision-making, and showcase holistic green credentials in real time to meet the growing demands of sustainable reporting.
Green design for all
The latest IPCC report underlined the critical role all humans have to play in the unfolding of the climate crisis. Report co-chair Valérie Masson-Delmotte said ‘the role of human influence on the climate system is undisputed’, and the report demonstrates that human actions can still determine the future course of our climate.
Legislation is tightening and impact reporting is becoming essential to meet the demands of both consumers and businesses. As a result, around two-thirds of building owners and investors now want to go green.
‘Covid has shown that we have to live, work and breathe in healthy buildings’, Ankita says. ‘Customers and employees demand that businesses demonstrate social responsibility, and we are legally obliged to meet net zero by 2050. Climate risks make sensible, long-term financial decisions vital.’
For Ankita, the timing is right and the market is ready. Firstplanit is going to fill a critical gap in the market because it will make environmental, social, health and monetary impact improvements easy to measure and report even for the smallest sustainable choice. This will help organisations and individuals report improvements beyond just CO2 emissions.
‘Put simply, we will bring sustainable building design to the fingertips of millions of people’, Ankita explains. ‘Whether you are using, designing, creating or commissioning a building, Firstplanit will empower you to make decisions that benefit lives, save money and protect the environment.’