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Consultation launched to define UK zero carbon building standard

Feedback is now being sought to establish a clear set of standards for how buildings, and eventually their key systems, can better monitor and curb carbon emissions

A new consultation paper seeking wider industry and public sector feedback on introducing a clear definition for zero carbon building standards in the UK has been published by the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC).

UKGBC has published proposals from a task group it established late last year to set out clear definitions and standards for how buildings and vital systems such as those providing HVAC functions can help meet targets within the Paris Climate Agreement.

Future ambitions for the proposed net zero carbon building standard include expanding reporting calculations for energy consumption that relates to heating and cooling in order to better understand where additional energy savings can be made.

The consultation document stated, “It is acknowledged that this provision is limited within the current building stock and therefore these principles may be introduced over time.”

“Appropriate metering and data collection provisions should be introduced – such as new buildings/fitouts or major renovations for example - to enable the achievement of a net zero carbon outcome in the future.”

A deadline of March 1 has been set to receive responses to the consultation, with two workshop events being held for stakeholders in Manchester and London on February 12 and February 19 respectively.

The proposed definition will be a vital part of a global campaign by the World Green Building Council organisation to ensure any new buildings are classed as net zero carbon by 2030, with the existing building stock following by 2050.

UKGBC announced in November that it had established a task group under its Advancing Net Zero programme with support from lead partner the Redevco Foundation and bodies that includes the Berkeley Group, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, Hoare Lea and BAM Construct UK.

A range of organisations including the Chartered Institute for Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), the British Property Federation and BSRIA and the Solar Trade Association are also supporting the task group.

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