The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has today responded to the clean growth grand challenge mission announced in the Prime Minister’s Industrial Strategy speech at Jodrell Bank.

The Prime Minister announced a mission to “at least halve the energy usage of new buildings by 2030” with an aim to “halve the costs of reaching the same standard in existing buildings too”.

Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive at UKGBC said:

The Government made a bold statement in making Clean Growth a central part of the Industrial Strategy – and we welcome the new mission set for the building sector today. Addressing the energy used in new and existing buildings will be central to delivering clean growth and can only be achieved with strong leadership from Government working in close partnership with the industry.

Now this mission has been set, it will be vital to underpin it with clear and consistent policies. Government should set a trajectory for building regulations to achieve net zero carbon from 2030, as well as introducing long-term incentives for retrofitting homes and commercial buildings. These market signals will be key in driving investment and innovation in the supply chain to meet these challenges and get us on track to meeting the Paris Agreement.