The Government’s recent ten point plan for a green industrial revolution
is a positive endorsement of this momentum and a show of confidence in an area of rapid intellectual, technical and economic growth. A substantial investment based on the recommendations of the latest Future Energy Scenarios
report is a crucial step towards achieving Zero Carbon at a national level by fast-tracking the reduction of emissions from the existing building stock. However, the plan is unfortunately too reliant on existing mechanisms used to regulate carbon emissions from new buildings and refurbishments, citing the Future Homes Standard and EPCs.
We are by now very aware that regulatory energy assessments are not accurate enough to help reduce real operational carbon emissions. For the non-residential sector, specifically leased workspace, this performance gap is now successfully addressed by the new NABER UK scheme, which was launched last month to a very supportive audience of trailblazers. The residential sector is a few giant steps behind, but once again we are investing resources to fill in a glaring void. Hilson Moran, for example, is working to raise awareness about construction and performance flaws of built new homes that widen the performance gap, and we have developed an approach to accurately predict and reduce operational carbon emissions.
We are on the right track, and we will continue to learn, support, influence and inspire to achieve zero carbon together.