UK-GBC Task Group Report: Building Zero Carbon – the case for action
This report produced by the Zero Carbon Non Domestic Task Group examines the case for action on Zero Carbon 2019 in non domestic buildings. The UK Green Building Council launched the Task Group to help define and build support for an ambitious definition of zero carbon for non domestic buildings that works for industry.
The Task Group believes there is a very strong economic case for establishing a robust definition of zero carbon for non-domestic buildings as soon as possible. The industry stands ready to invest in innovation and skills to meet higher standards, but the lack of detail on policy implementation means that current efforts are fragmented and disparate, creating inefficiencies and the loss of global export opportunities.
Current Policy Status
The Coalition Government has expressed its support for the 2019 zero carbon target for non domestic buildings.1 While we know now what the uplift will be for Part L 2013 (a 9 per cent aggregate improvement over 2010), we still do not have clarity on the parameters of the zero carbon definition for nondomestic, or what the uplift in Part L will be in 2016, 2019 and beyond. Furthermore, the recent Allowable Solutions consultation did not address how, or even if, Allowable Solutions would apply to new non-domestic buildings.
You can read the full press release from the launch of the Task Group here.