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UK-GBC says zero carbon for non-doms is achievable by 2020

The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has completed its new Carbon Reductions in New Non-Domestic Buildings report.

Commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), the report concluded: ‘It is possible to reduce carbon emissions from energy use down to zero in the majority of new non-domestic buildings, as long as onsite, near-site and offsite renewable solutions are employed’.

The UK-GBC also called for a national database on energy use in non-domestic buildings and asked the government for firm guidance.

UK-GBC chief executive Paul King, said: ‘We have already learned valuable lessons from the zero-carbon homes experience, not least that although there are inevitably extra costs, these costs can be minimised through good design.

‘This is about government and industry both taking responsibility. Government needs to accept its responsibility to set good policy focusing on outcomes, and in return industry can and must respond and innovate. UK-GBC members are up for ambitious targets on sustainability.

‘We need a policy direction that provides sufficient urgency and certainty for investment, and a trajectory that is ambitious and stretching – but ultimately achievable. To make progress on green building we should be bold in our target setting, and work together to overcome the challenges en route.'

In order to meet the ambitious targets, the UK-GBC said a 2020 deadline would be needed ‘with a trajectory in place similar to that adopted for the Code for Sustainable Homes’.

The overarching green group also claimed that the cost of making non domestic buildings zero carbon could be range from 5 to 30 per cent of the overall project costs.

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