The Net Zero Carbon Buildings Task Group has been convened to develop a definition for net zero carbon buildings in the UK.

The aim is to build industry consensus on a definition for net zero carbon buildings, which can then be used to inform project designs, reporting initiatives, planning requirements and building regulations. The primary focus is on achieving net zero for operational emissions (in-use energy consumption) but also taking account of whole life carbon.

The Task Group’s initial proposed framework was open for public consultation in February. The final framework will be launched at the Houses of Parliament on April 30th, see here for more details.

Case Studies

As well as feedback on the Task Group’s proposals, we are keen to hear about project case studies that align with the net zero carbon framework. For example, these projects might utilise innovative approaches to issues such as in-use energy performance or whole life carbon.

If you have a relevant case study to share, please provide some basic details about the project via email to

Task Group

The task group is being facilitated by UKGBC as part of our Advancing Net Zero programme, which is aiming to drive the transition to a net zero carbon built environment.

The programme is supported by Lead Partner the Redevco Foundation and Programme Partners BAM Construct UK, Berkeley Group, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, Hoare Lea and JLL.

For more information about the programme, or on how to contribute, please contact

The task group is being supported by the following trade associations, professional institutions and non-profit organisations:

Better Buildings Partnership (BBP)
British Property Federation (BPF)
Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA)
Chartered Institute for Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)
Good Homes Alliance
London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI)
Passivhaus Trust
Renewable Energy Association (REA)
Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Sustainable Energy Association (SEA)
Solar Trade Association (STA)

The task group includes representatives from the following organisations:

Acclaro Advisory
Allies and Morrison
Atelier Ten
BAM Construct UK
Berkeley Group
BuroHappold Engineering
Carbon Credentials Energy Services
Currie & Brown
Derwent London
EcoEnergy Insights, UTC
Greengage Environmental
Grosvenor Britain & Ireland
Haringey Council
Hawkins Brown Architects
Hoare Lea
Hodkinson Consultancy
HTA Design LLP
Kingspan Insulation Ltd
Max Fordham LLP
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Targeting Zero LLP
The Carbon Trust
Twinn Sustainability Innovation
Willmott Dixon