Net Zero Carbon Buildings Verification – Market Analysis

UKGBC has released a report summarising the outcomes of a market analysis exploring both the drivers for and characteristics that would be required of a net zero carbon buildings verification scheme.
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December 16, 2021




Since the launch of the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Framework Definition in 2019, UKGBC have noticed an increasing interest in and demand for guidance on net zero carbon buildings. As a key step in evolving to meet this demand, UKGBC recently concluded a market analysis exercise focussed on better understanding the drivers for and characteristics which would be required of any prospective scheme for verifying buildings as net zero carbon. 

From June 2021 to October 2021, UKGBC worked in collaboration with wider industry bodies to develop and release a survey, receiving over 300 responses, complemented by a series of in-depth interviews with key stakeholders, as well as a workshop attended by over 40 private sector decision-makers. 

The conclusions of the market analysis were launched in October 2021 and indicated a clear market need for a robust, accessible, and transparent verification process as soon as possible, which could delivered through deploying an asset-level Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard. Read more in the full report below:  




Next Steps   

The market analysis was a critical first step in ensuring that any mechanism for verifying net zero carbon buildings genuinely works for the market. 

UKGBC are currently in discussion with wider industry bodies on how the findings from the market analysis can best be translated into a Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard, including planning out its potential development throughout 2022.  

Please get in touch if:  

  • You are an industry body, institution or initiative that are interested in engaging with the development of the standard moving forward, 
  • You are an organisation creating your own low or zero carbon certification rating tool, please get in touch using the email above to share and discuss so we can help support greater alignment across industry. 
  • You are a private or public sector stakeholder interested in engaging with this work, please stay up to date with progress by joining our mailing list.  

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