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UK-GBC Task Group to focus on non-domestic buildings

The UK Green Building Council launches a new Task Group to help define and build support for an ambitious definition of zero carbon for non domestic buildings that works for industry.

In a statement, the Green Buildings Council said: “The policy for all new non domestic buildings to be zero carbon from 2019 was introduced by the Labour Government in 2008. The Coalition Government has recommitted to this target, and in July announced it would strengthen energy efficiency standards for new non-domestic buildings from April 2014 (see notes to editors).

UK-GBC’s diverse membership includes architects, developers, contractors, product manufacturers and others who will be tasked with delivering zero carbon buildings from 2019.

However, there is still no clear definition of zero carbon for non domestic buildings. This Task Group will enable industry to investigate and recommend a way forward, as well as building the business and economic case for action.

Sarah Cary, Sustainable Developments Executive at British Land and Chair of the Task Group, said: “I’m delighted to be chairing this new Task Group to take forward the definition of zero carbon for non domestic buildings. The implementation date for zero carbon non domestic -2019 - is not very far away and the earlier we can get clarity on the definition, the better for industry.

“This group offers a chance for industry to set out what it thinks should happen next, and help build a strong business and economic case for action.”

The Task Group, which is sponsored by British Land and Saint-Gobain, will launch its final report in February 2014.”

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