Following the recent COP26, the UK Green Building Council (UKBC) issued its roadmap on reaching Net Zero Carbon in the built environment. PBC’s Director of Sustainability, Dr Hardip Mann, summarises its key findings:
The roadmap has identified five key priorities which government and industry need to support and implement across the sector in order to deliver Net Zero for the built environment.
- Nationwide retrofitting of existing homes. To transform UK housing so it is efficient, warm and cheaper to heat, whilst phasing out fossil fuel heating.
- Energy performance disclosure for nondomestic buildings. To ensure that real-world performance of assets is visible to the market, and can influence asset valuation, market transactions and management decisions.
- Adoption of a design for performance approach. To shift away from the theoretical “notional building” approach and to focus on how energy intensive buildings will be built in practice,
alongside other key net zero enablers such as peak demand limits.
- Whole life carbon measurements and agreed limits. To start with mandatory measurement, followed by the phased introduction of embodied carbon limits for new buildings to reduce demand, alongside changes to planning and VAT to incentivise the reuse of existing buildings.
National infrastructure investment based on the net emissions impact. To consider all forms of carbon, alongside a policy framework and investment to drive industrial decarbonisation of key construction supply chains.
As a result of both COP26 and the UKBC report findings, Hardip sees an increase in the following:
- Environmental certification schemes (e.g. BREEAM) as a means of introducing tougher minimum energy/carbon standard
- Measurement of operational carbon and Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for new domestic buildings (as per current phasing in of non-domestic)
- Life cycle assessments/measurements for embodied carbon in new buildings, followed by target setting
- The NABERS scheme (designing for performance), where the building needs to be designed as it performs rather than for Building Regs (‘notional’ performance)
PBC recognises the importance of advising clients on the latest energy efficiency and renewable technologies that can be incorporated into buildings and developments.
Working alongside contractors, architects and developers, our dedicated Sustainability team will achieve the highest sustainability standards for your project, whilst also ensuring building regulations are complied with.
To find out now PBC can help you to reduce the carbon footprint, waste, water and energy demands of your latest project, contact Hardip on 020 3478 0629 or email firstname.lastname@example.org