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UKGBC: Industry must cut carbon emissions by 50 per cent over next decade

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) is calling on the construction industry to cut carbon emissions from the built environment by 50 per cent over the next 10 years

Paul King, UKGBC chief executive, said the move would boost the economy, as well as helping towards the 34 per cent carbon emissions reduction target set out in the Climate Change Act.

Architects have welcomed the ambitious proposals, which are also backed by developer Lend Lease.

Rab Bennett, director of Bennetts Associates said: ‘This is a very positive step. We need ambitious targets because we believe that carbon reduction is important and the industry has to play its part through the buildings it makes.

‘The target is incredibly difficult but if you don’t have a target then you won’t start at all.’

Sunand Prasad, senior partner at Penoyre & Prasad, said: ‘The key barrier is investment. If the UK government decides to do it then there’s no reason why it can’t be achieved but it requires investment on a large scale.

‘We also have to make a step change and realise what a fantastic commercial opportunity this is.’

Karen Cook, partner at PLP Architects, said that computational building design must continue to evolve if these targets are to be me met.

She said: ‘Five years ago, building designs evolved as they incorporated new Part L requirements. Now, new targets and stricter legislation will again require review of how the building design can adjust. To meet these goals, new ways of designing will emerge, and we believe computational design will drive this process.’

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