UKGBC task group tackles zero carbon for non-domestic buildings

Argent, Whitbread, John Lewis and other big names have signed up to a new task group aiming to help deliver zero carbon non-domestic buildings. The task group has been established by the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), in response to the policy for all new non-domestic buildings to be built to zero carbon standards by 2019.

Many companies have already started to consider and explore different approaches for achieving ‘zero carbon’ buildings, ahead of the 2019 policy schedule. The task group is therefore looking at industry’s current approaches industry and will identify those that are likely to be most effective. It also aims to examine government policy such as the allowable solutions framework, and establish how this can deliver reliable and high value on-site, near-site and off-site carbon savings.

The Steps to 2019: zero carbon non-domestic task group is sponsored by Lafarge Tarmac and Saint Gobain.

Julie Hirigoyen, chief executive of the UKGBC, said: “Although the policy for non-domestic buildings remains under-developed, UKGBC members are already pushing ahead. The overwhelming response we have had to this task group proves how many of our members are keen to start designing and delivering zero carbon new buildings, in view of the clear business benefits.”

Julian Sutherland, design director for sustainable development at Atkins and joint chair of the task group, said: “I have long been a proponent of the fabric first approach, which continues to represent best value for demand reduction. High quality design solutions and demand reduction are the foundation for zero carbon buildings and will unlock the huge potential of low energy systems and allowable solutions.”

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