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Green Construction Board reviews UK carbon reduction progress

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A year since it was founded, the Green Construction Board has published a report detailing carbon reduction progress within the construction sector

Established in October 2011 the aim of the Green Construction Board has been to monitor the implementation of actions in the Low Carbon Construction Action Plan.

The board, which includes Sunand Prasad of Penoyre and Prasad and Lynne Sullivan from sustainableBYdesign, has completed 84 of the 162 actions identified in the plan.

The report said further clarity was needed on how to deliver zero carbon homes if the government plans to meet its target for an 80 per cent reduction in emissions by 2050.

Emissions need to be reduced by an additional 77 per cent on 2010 levels in order to meet the government’s ambitious 2050 target.

The report claims the potential to achieve these goals will be affected by technical and commercial constraints and the performance gap between design and reality.

Indentifying domestic heating and the most significant source of operational carbon, the report calls for further grid decarbonisation and improvements to housing fabric. It also claimed the main driver for reducing emissions will be both domestic and non-domestic retrofit.  

 

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