UKBC’s Roadmap for the Built Environment

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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.


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:

  1. Environmental certification schemes (e.g. BREEAM) as a means of introducing tougher minimum energy/carbon standard
  2. Measurement of operational carbon and Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for new domestic buildings (as per current phasing in of non-domestic)
  3. Life cycle assessments/measurements for embodied carbon in new buildings, followed by target setting
  4. 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