Time running out for housing consultation

There are just a few days left for the housing industry to give its views in a major consultation on reducing carbon emissions in existing homes.

The consultation will look at how to reduce carbon emissions from existing housing

The consultation will look at how to reduce carbon emissions from existing housing

The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has teamed up with the Energy Efficiency Partnership for Homes, the Sustainable Development Commission and the Technology Strategy Board to carry out the Government-backed consultation project.

The first part of the project, a two-week online consultation, is still ongoing but will come to an end on Friday.

Following the consultation, the UK-GBC will be hosting a webinar and a separate workshop in September to discuss the consultation responses.

The aim of the project is to produce a report for ministers by the end of next month ahead of the upcoming Government consultation on energy efficiency and the forthcoming Low Carbon Homes Strategy.

UK-GBC chiefs want to put together a list of measures to help Government achieve its climate change targets up to 2022 - the end of the third carbon budget.

The project also aims to draw up a high-level roadmap to 2050 showing what needs to be done to remain on course for an 80% cut in carbon.

The online consultation is focusing on four key areas: technology and innovation, markets/service offerings, behaviour change and awareness, and policy.

More information on the online consultation, webinars and workshops can be found here.

Last month, the UK-GBC also launched a task group to draw up guidance for the building industry to help it achieve Government sustainability targets for non-domestic buildings (see related story).

Kate Martin



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