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UKGBC unveils net zero carbon buildings task group

Public and private sector experts are being brought together to provide a clear definition on how new buildings should be designed and maintained to net zero carbon standards

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has today established a task group that will bring together dozens of industry experts from both the private and public sector in order to create a new definition for net zero carbon buildings and how they are constructed.

A key aim of the group will be to create a shared industry consensus on zero carbon standard concerning the design, planning, regulation and monitoring of building performance.

UKGBC said that a consultation process on the new standard would launch in February, with the findings set to be released in the Spring of 2019.

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

Formation of the new group will serve partly as a response to recent landmark findings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that has demanded much stricter targets be introduced to prevent irreversible environmental damage. This work is also intended to ensure the construction industry is better able to meet requirements of the Paris Climate Agreement and to address a perceived lack of clarity on how net zero carbon buildings are realised in practice.

UKGBC senior policy advisor Ricahrd Twinn said, “This initiative is aiming to move beyond discussions about specific tools and policies towards buildings that work as intended and achieve genuine net zero carbon.”

“We are seeking to create an agreed industry-led definition for net zero carbon buildings in the UK, to ensure we are all working towards the same outcomes.”

UKGBC said it will be facilitating the new task group under its Advancing Net Zero programme with support from lead partner the Redevco Foundation as well as support from a range of 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 will also be supporting the task group.


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