It is no surprise that climate change is the most important global issue that will continue to exist as an existential threat to our way of life. To limit temperature rise to 1.5° C above pre-industrial levels, we must reduce the amount of greenhouse gases (GHG) we emit into the atmosphere. Ireland has committed to reducing GHG emissions by 51% by 2030 and reaching net-zero by 2050.
Given that the built environment accounts for approximately 40% of global carbon emissions, the real estate industry can help us meet our national emission reduction targets. According to the recently released Climate Action Plan 2021, Ireland’s built environment sector must reduce emissions by 4 – 5 Mt CO2 eq. by 2030.
Investors’ demands for sustainability; environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria are among the most pressing issues confronting global financial markets. These requirements have an impact on investment decisions in the real estate sector because they affect prospects for value appreciation, vulnerability to obsolescence, and the risk of premature devaluation.
To address these sustainability and ESG challenges, Irish-owned award-winning KSN Construction Consultants, KSN Project Management, and KSN Energy has launched ‘KSN Horizon’, who will provide the practical implementation of strategic, long-term sustainable solutions to the real estate sector in Ireland and Europe.
“KSN Horizon is a truly unique development for the real estate sector in Ireland and beyond,” says Barry Chambers, the newly appointed Property Director at KSN Horizon. “To achieve net zero for the built environment, we have a fantastic team of sustainability consultants who are supported by an experienced group of property and construction professionals, project managers and energy assessors. Over the course of the coming year, we are planning to double the size of the team from 20 people currently”
Commenting on the new development, Brian Cunningham, Director of KSN adds, “KSN Horizon is uniquely positioned to provide a full end-to-end service – from initial data measurement and verification, implementation of carbon mitigation strategies, asset improvement plans, to subsequent monitoring. KSN Horizon enables us to deliver a unique service offering to our clients to comply with current and imminent regulations and to optimise market opportunities.
We have invested heavily in resources to address current and future sustainable challenges, including training and certification, achieving ISO 9001, 14001, 27001, and 50001 accreditations, attaining BREEAM Assessor status, and becoming a member of the Irish Green Building Council, cementing our position as Ireland’s gold standard dedicated sustainability consultancy”.
KSN Horizon was launched with the appointment of Barry Chambers as Property Director and Brian Cunningham as Director. KSN Horizon’s mission is to assist organisations in the real estate sector in transitioning to a sustainable net-zero, resilient future.
To mark World Mental Health Day 2021, KSN, KSN Project Management and KSN Energy hosted an in-house event with guest speaker Conor O’Keefe.
Conor, a Cork native, is a motivational speaker and ultramarathon runner who became the youngest ever winner of an Enduroman 200-mile Ultra Run in England in 2019. Conor was the first person in three years to complete the race in less than 60 hours (59 hours 45 minutes), but his greatest achievement to date is much more personal: he has overcome his mental health battle.
As busy professionals, we are all consumed by the daily hustle and bustle of life, however, mental health and employee wellbeing is a core component of the intrinsic values KSN holds as an employer and Conor’s values mirror this perfectly making him the ideal speaker for our event.
Conor discussed his concept of ‘personal resilience’ with the KSN team. He spoke openly about his personal struggles with mental health, as well as the mechanisms he developed and shared with others to help them understand their own personal resilience.
“As a nation, Irish people are so hard on themselves. When the pandemic hit, no one could have predicted what would happen next.”
Conor expanded on this idea by discussing his “Pillars of Resilience.” Accountability and gratitude are examples of these. “We have been constructing our own personal resilience without even realizing it during the global pandemic, but nobody realises this” he added. “Through endurance training, I developed what I call ‘everyday endurance,’ in which I was able to transfer this comfort with myself and mental flexibility into my daily life. As a result, I wasn’t at the mercy of the outside world.”
Conor’s positive mental attitude, passion for fitness and life, and the benefits this has had on his own mental health, as well as the tips and steps he recommended for everyone on the team to work on in both their daily and working lives to build personal resilience, will undoubtedly be adopted by the KSN team and the wider organisation.
KSN actively prioritises and promotes workplace well-being by providing an Employee Assistance Program, regular wellness days, and an open-door policy for all employees to senior management. Conor, on behalf of KSN, is thanked for a fantastic event.
KSNPM have been shortlisted as Irish Construction Industry Awards Finalists.
KSNPM is thrilled to be shortlisted in the ‘Project Management Firm of the Year’ award at this year’s Irish Construction Industry Awards.
The Irish Construction Industry Awards recognises, encourages, and celebrates original and innovative contractors, businesses, teams, consultants, and projects that demonstrate excellence in the built environment. The awards offer a great opportunity for companies from all over Ireland to come together, collaborate, and showcase their work.
Wishing the other finalists Mitchell McDermott and Cogent Associates Ireland the best of luck ahead of the awards night on the 8th December 2021.
Watch the full results show here: