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ECA backs building performance statement

12 February 2020

ECA has joined a group of 10 other industry bodies in supporting a statement issued by the Building Performance Network. 

The statement set out 4 requests to Government to help reduce the operational carbon emissions of buildings and help the UK reach its net zero emssions goal by 2050:

  1. The operational performance of buildings should be subject to regulatory requirements. The legislative framework should be amended to capture all opportunities where building performance can be influenced and improved i.e. the construction of new buildings, works to existing buildings, sales, and new or renewed leases.
  2. In the first instance, regulatory requirements should as a minimum cover energy consumption and carbon emissions. In the near future, they should be expanded to cover other aspects of building performance, including indoor air quality and thermal comfort.
  3. The public sector should adopt operational building performance minimum requirementsnow in order to demonstrate its commitment, help build industry capacity, and improve the performance of its estate.
  4. Government should require building performance disclosure and support the necessary infrastructure to underpin it, including appropriate methodologies for assessing and reporting performance, and a commitment to transparency so that performance data can be publicly accessed and analysed.

The statement adds: "Meeting the UK’s carbon objectives could also deliver numerous benefits including air quality, health, comfort, productivity, wellbeing, reductions in fuel poverty, as well as job creation, innovation, attracting investment, and opportunities for export of products and services.

"We would welcome the opportunity to work with Government on the creation and implementation of such a system." 

Other bodies backing the statement include:

  • Good Homes Alliance
  • London Energy Transformation Initiative
  • RIBA
  • Hoare Lea
  • Inkilng
  • MIMA
  • Rockwool
  • Gain Square

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