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Green Building Council to tackle performance gap

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Government’s scrapping of zero carbon regulations prompts lobby group to launch new research project focusing on non-residential schemes

The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has announced a new research project on the way the construction industry designs, constructs and maintains non-domestic buildings.

The research, which will report in April, will examine industry approaches, tools and behaviour to evaluate how to maximise building performance in energy as well as wider environmental terms.

A spokesman for the council said: ‘All too often predictions of the whole building performance are either not accurately made or communicated.’

UK-GBC added that the project was also in part linked to the Government scrapping the zero carbon new buildings policies.

The Delivering Building Performance project is sponsored by engineer Buro Happold Engineering and maunufacturers Saint-Gobain and Tarmac Group.

Chief executive of the UK-GBC Julie Hirigoyen said: ’I am delighted that UK-GBC members are supporting this important piece of work. Huge cost, carbon and productivity benefits can be gained through a closer focus on the performance of buildings as we design, construct and operate them. Following the COP21 deal, this is just one of the ways in which the UK industry is showing its leadership and ambition.’

Duncan Price, director of sustainability at Buro Happold, said: ‘Leading clients are looking beyond compliance to realising the multiple benefits of building performance including improved productivity, lower running costs and reduced environmental impact. This collaborative research will guide us all in how to achieve those benefits.’

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