On Tuesday, April 30th, the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) officially launched Advancing Net Zero and an accompanying report at the Parliament. Advancing Net Zero is an initiative designed to help drive the architecture industry forward in addressing climate change. The program, organized by the UKGBC, centers on the question of how buildings can be designed to combat climate change.
The release of a UKGBC report, titled "Net Zero Carbon Buildings: A Framework Definition," accompanied the launch of Advancing Net Zero. The result of a collaboration among the UKGBC, experts in a variety of fields, trade associations, institutions, and nonprofit organizations, the report provides a framework definition for the term "net-zero carbon buildings." The goal of the report is to provide a consistent route to achieving net-zero carbon buildings.
In November 2018, UKGBC convened an industry Task Group to develop the initial framework definition for net-zero carbon buildings. The group's preliminary report was released in February of 2019, and opened for a period of public commentary. The just-published report, which incorporated feedback that was submitted in that period, reflects the industry collaboration and stakeholder consultation that went into it.
The launch event included a keynote speech by Dan Osgood, Director, Heat and Emissions Trading, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. SOM Associate Mina Hasman, who is part of the industry task group that helped shape the report, also took part.
Noting the significance of the initiative and report, Hasman commented: "The launch of this report poses a remarkable milestone in bringing the industry to a consensus on the definition of 'net-zero carbon' by providing guidance for a framework of how net-zero carbon strategies can and should be addressed both in the existing and new buildings in the UK.”
The full report is available here.