Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Heatwave prompts 'green' drive

  • Comment

The industry's leading thinkers on sustainability have made an urgent plea for drastic action to green the nation's building stock and combat global warming. The calls come in the wake of the recent heatwave that saw temperatures soar to more than 100degreesF.

The group - which includes the chair of the RIBA's sustainability committee Bill Gething, Robin Nicholson of Edward Cullinan Architects, Mark Whitby of engineer Whitby Bird and Dave Hampton from the Construction Industry Council - has launched a drive to persuade the government to get tougher on sustainability.

They kicked off their campaign with a letter to the Independent newspaper earlier this month in which they urged the government to use tax breaks and penalties to force improvements in the energy performance of all new and existing buildings.

About half of all the UK's carbon dioxide emissions - the main greenhouse gas - are related to energy use in buildings for light and power. Experts believe it is currently possible to reduce by two-thirds the reliance of buildings on fossil fuel energy.

To achieve this, the signatories suggest extending forthcoming EU legislation that will require all buildings to be assessed for energy performance.

Council tax bands and business rates would increasingly take account of the assessments - the greener the building, the lower the rate. Taxes would be phased in, with assistance given to the most vulnerable, the elderly and those on low incomes.

'Over time, incentives are ramped up and innovation flourishes; we find common purpose, the economy benefits, climate impacts reduce and quality of life for all improves, ' they said.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.