Task group seeks clear definition of zero carbon
UKGBC establishes 15-strong group from industry to identify zero carbon parameters
Report from – Jo Smit
The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) is launching a task group to help define and build support for an ambitious definition of zero carbon for non-domestic buildings that works for industry.
In 2008 the Labour government introduced the policy for all new non-domestic buildings to be zero carbon from 2019. The coalition government recommitted to the target, and in July announced that it would strengthen energy efficiency standards for new non-domestic buildings from April 2014. However, there is still no clear definition of zero carbon for non-domestic buildings.
The task group will focus on three areas:
- The business case for action: building on the government construction sector industrial strategy to establish both the economic benefits to the UK of delivering zero carbon non-domestic buildings, and the costs of uncertainty
- The technical detail of the zero carbon definition: including metrics, the allowable solutions framework, the issue of unregulated energy and the relationship of zero carbon to the EU’s ‘nearly zero energy buildings’ 2020 policy
- The institutional structure/governance to oversee the implementation and delivery of zero carbon for non-domestic buildings.
Members of the task group are:
- Sarah Cary, British Land (chair)
- Tessa Hurstwyn, Zero Carbon Hub
- Dan Jestico, Hilson Moran
- Marco Marijewycz, E.ON
- Dave Worthington, Verco
- David Clark, Cundall
- Stephen Richardson, Sainsbury’s
- Tom Taylor, BRE
- John Davies, Derwent London
- Mark Allen, Saint-Gobain
- Rokia Raslan, UCL
- Terry Clarke, Segro
- Emma Hines, Lafarge Tarmac
- Simon Cox, Prologis
- Sylvie Sasaki, M&S.
Sarah Cary, sustainable developments executive at British Land and task group chair, 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.”
The task group, which is sponsored by British Land and Saint-Gobain, will launch its final report next February.
Image: 40 Leadenhall, otherwise known as the 'Cheese Grater', one of British Land's non-domestic buildings.