UKGBC is currently consulting on energy use intensity targets for commercial office buildings to be used as part of the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Framework. Join us for a webinar on 23 October when we will outline the proposed targets and answer questions about the approach.

The Net Zero Framework launched in April following an industry task group and extensive consultation process. Initially acting as guidance to achieving net zero, the intention is to develop further detail and stricter requirements over time and integrate them into the Framework. One of the priority areas highlighted in the Framework was to develop energy efficiency targets for commercial office buildings.

UKGBC has opened a consultation on Energy Use Intensity (EUI) targets for commercial offices based on the ‘Paris Proof’ concept developed by the Dutch Green Building Council. This approach uses a top-down calculation based on the estimated capacity of renewable energy generation in 2050 and the allocation of this capacity to different economic and built environment sectors based on current energy consumption. EUI targets can then be allocated at an individual building level on this basis to the ‘fair share’ of renewable energy capacity that should be available in 2050. In this way, the ‘Paris Proof’ concept has the potential to offer simple and clear targets for individual buildings that are aligned with the transition to a net zero carbon economy.

The consultation is open from Monday 14 October and closes on Friday 8 November. Stakeholders can provide feedback using an online survey. If the industry response to the proposals is positive, the intention is to integrate the EUI targets into the Net Zero Framework by the end of 2019.

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