Note: the upcoming UK Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard is due to be published in 2024. It is likely that when the Standard’s outputs are released, the Framework will evolve. Specifically, the Framework Definition in its current form is anticipated to be superseded by the Standard, but the supplementary guidance documents will continue to support stakeholders in designing, delivering, and operating buildings in line with net zero carbon. Please refer to the Implementation Guidance on our Net Zero Carbon Buildings Framework Page for more information.

From November 2018 to March 2019, UKGBC brought together an extensive range of industry stakeholders, including a task group, to build consensus on a framework definition for net zero carbon buildings in the UK.

The primary focus of the framework is to set in place a path to achieve net zero carbon buildings in both construction and operation (in-use energy consumption), whilst beginning to provide direction for addressing whole life carbon in the industry.

As a freely available resource, the framework is intended to be used by building developers, designers, owners, occupiers and policy makers to inform the development of building tools, policies and practices. For information on verifying net zero carbon buildings and guidance on marketing and communications, please see here.

The Framework has been built on considerably since 2019, for more information on additional reports that develop the framework please go to our Net Carbon Buildings Framework Page.

If you have any questions on the framework or would like to provide feedback, please email

Download the Framework Resources

Net Zero Carbon Buildings: A Framework Definition

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Print Version of the Framework

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Net Zero Carbon Buildings: Consultation Summary

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The framework has been made possible thanks to the UKGBC Advancing Net Zero Programme Partners; Lead Partner the Redevco Foundation and Programme Partners BAM Construct UK, Berkeley Group, Grosvenor Property UK, Hoare Lea and JLL.