Zero carbon call for non-domestic buildings
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing
The government must act now to ensure all new non-domestic buildings are built to zero carbon standards from 2019, a UK-GBC industry task group says in a report released today (February 27).
"Building Zero Carbon – the case for action" calls the current efforts to meet higher standards "fragmented and disparate". It criticises the absence of a clear policy framework.
Paul King, chief executive of the UK Green Building Council, said: "The business benefits of zero carbon non-domestic buildings are huge, boosting innovation that could help to create export opportunities in excess of £1 billion by 2050."
Sarah Cary, sustainable developments executive at British Land, who chaired the task group, said: “With 2019 fast approaching, industry desperately needs clarity on an ambitious definition of zero carbon and a roadmap detailing how we’ll get there. The business case for action is simply too great to be ignored."
The task group is sponsored by BAM, BRE, British Land and Saint Gobain.
According to the report, "Innovation in the non-domestic buildings sector represents a significant opportunity to help meet the UK’s GHG emissions targets, as well as providing value through avoided energy costs, amounting to savings of 86MtCO2 and c. £13bn by 2050. Innovation could help create export opportunities that could contribute an estimated £1.7bn to GDP to 2050.”