Task Group launched to action Government’s zero carbon buildings policy

A new task group to help the building industry deliver on the Government's zero carbon for non-domestic buildings policy has been launched today by the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC).

The policy for all new non domestic buildings to be zero carbon from 2019 was introduced by the Labour Government in 2008 but the Coalition Government has recommitted to this target, and in July announced it would strengthen energy efficiency standards for new non-domestic buildings from April 2014.

Those in the industry, including architects, developers, contractors, product manufacturers and others, will be tasked with delivering zero carbon buildings from 2019.

However, because there is still no clear definition of zero carbon for non-domestic buildings, the Task Group will aim to enable industry to investigate and recommend a way forward, as well as build the business and economic case for action.

Chair of the Task Group and sustainable developments executive at British Land Sarah Cary said: “The implementation date for zero carbon non-domestic -2019 – is not very far away and the earlier we can get clarity on the definition, the better for industry.

“This group offers a chance for industry to set out what it thinks should happen next, and help build a strong business and economic case for action,” added Cary.

The Task Group will launch its final report in February 2014.

Leigh Stringer

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