Net zero carbon buildings task group

UKGBC is facilitating a task group to develop an industry-led definition for net zero carbon buildings, as part its Advancing Net Zero programme.
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UKGBC is bringing together a broad range of industry stakeholders to define a framework for net zero carbon buildings in the UK market.

The aim is to build industry consensus on a definition for net zero carbon buildings, which can then be used to inform project designs, reporting initiatives, planning requirements and building regulations. The primary focus is on achieving net zero for operational emissions (in-use energy consumption) but also taking account of whole life carbon assessments to avoid unintended consequences.

The intention is to develop the framework through workshops between November 2018 and March 2019. An industry consultation on the task group proposals will be opened in February, with the final output published in spring 2019.

The task group is being facilitated by UKGBC as part of our Advancing Net Zero programme, which is aiming to drive the transition to a net zero carbon built environment.

The programme is supported by Lead Partner the Redevco Foundation and Programme Partners BAM Construct UK, Berkeley Group, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, Hoare Lea and JLL.

For more information about the programme, or on how to contribute, please contact

The task group is being supported by the following trade associations, professional institutions and non-profit organisations:

Better Buildings Partnership (BBP)
British Property Federation (BPF)
Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA)
Chartered Institute for Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)
Good Homes Alliance
London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI)
Passivhaus Trust
Renewable Energy Association (REA)
Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Sustainable Energy Association (SEA)
Solar Trade Association (STA)

The task group includes representatives from the following organisations:

Acclaro Advisory
Allies and Morrison
Atelier Ten
BAM Construct UK
Berkeley Group
BuroHappold Engineering
Carbon Credentials Energy Services
Derwent London
EcoEnergy Insights, UTC
Greengage Environmental
Grosvenor Britain & Ireland
Haringey Council
Hawkins Brown Architects
Hoare Lea
Hodkinson Consultancy
HTA Design LLP
Kingspan Insulation Ltd
Max Fordham LLP
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Targeting Zero LLP
The Carbon Trust
Twinn Sustainability Innovation
Willmott Dixon