UK firm will develop PACER platform for evaluating whole life carbon in planning application
Preoptima, a specialist in software to support sustainable building design, has been awarded a £300,000 grant from Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
The grant will fund the development of Preoptima’s Planning Application Carbon Evaluation and Reduction (PACER) platform, a cloud- based tool designed to help local authorities reduce the whole life carbon (WLC) footprint of building projects.
The grant was awarded as part of the Net Zero Living Digital Accelerator.
In partnership with Westminster City Council in London, England, Preoptima will develop PACER with a view to providing a ‘fast, reliable, and precise platform’ for evaluating WLC assessments.
The aim is to facilitate a verifiable and transparent planning application review process for carbon, leading to a significant reduction in the WLC footprints of newly approved building designs and help local authorities meet stringent carbon emissions budgets more effectively, as they work to align with national Net Zero commitments.
The introduction of PACER complements Preoptima’s existing product suite, including Preoptima Building (pictured), which enables stakeholders to make informed design choices with a clear understanding of their carbon impact, with a view to facilitating the creation of accurate WLC reports for planning applications.