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UKGBC launches consultation on net zero carbon buildings definition

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has published a consultation paper inviting feedback on a proposed definition for net zero carbon buildings in the UK.

The consultation sets out the initial proposals from the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Task Group which is developing a framework definition in line with the ambitions of the Paris Climate Agreement.

The Task Group is made up of representatives from 37 businesses across the built environment value chain and is supported by 13 industry trade associations, professional institutions and non-profit organisations. Its aim is to build consensus within the construction and property industry about the outcomes needed to achieve net zero carbon buildings, providing a consistent approach for building design and management, and informing the future development of voluntary initiatives and local and national policy.

Feedback is being sought from businesses and stakeholders throughout the construction and property industry. The consultation paper is available on the UKGBC website and responses can be submitted online.

Stakeholder workshops are also being hosted in Manchester on Tuesday 12 February and London on Tuesday 19 February to gather further feedback.

The Task Group is being facilitated by UKGBC as part of its Advancing Net Zero programme, which is aiming to drive the transition to a net zero carbon built environment.

UKGBC’s Advancing Net Zero programme forms part of a global campaign led by the World Green Building Council which is calling for all buildings to be net zero carbon by 2050, and all new buildings to achieve this by 2030.

The deadline for responses to the consultation is Friday 1 March 2019.

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