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Green Building

Manifesto

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COMMIT TO A 50% CUT
and engineers and will lead to fundamentally companies to local tradespeople to high street Government can drive change and lead by
higher quality new homes. retailers. Crucially, they must all be properly example through public procurement,

IN CARBON EMISSIONS
trained and accredited, through a nationally- but to make really significant progress,
The definition of a zero carbon home needs recognised scheme, in order to maintain trust government should mandate refurbishment of

FROM THE BUILT

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to be finalised as a priority. But we should and credibility. the worst performing buildings in both public
learn from experience in the domestic sector and private sector. Minimum performance

ENVIRONMENT BY 2020
and deliver on ambitious and stretching In 2009, Government chose not to mandate standards, based on A to G ratings, should
targets for non-domestic buildings to ensure higher levels of energy efficiency for increase over time.
that all new buildings are delivered to the homeowners carrying out extensions – so-called
We know how to reduce the emissions cost- best possible standards. ‘consequential improvements’. This was a Schemes to help spread the cost of
effectively from almost any given home or missed opportunity and should be rectified. refurbishment over time could apply to the
building by 50%. Let’s figure out how to But to really galvanise the market, government non-domestic sector, a form of Supplier
achieve this across the board and view it as should send a clear signal that the worst Obligation could subsidise costs and the tax
an opportunity to create jobs, improve energy performing properties must be upgraded over system could also be used as a way of

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security and tackle fuel poverty. time, based on EPC ratings. incentivising action.

Put simply, more sustainable buildings are When homes change hands, green
better quality buildings. Pursuing an ambitious refurbishment could be encouraged through

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target such as this should not be seen as a preferential tax rates for low carbon
burden, but as an opportunity for industry properties, which could be fiscally neutral
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and the economy as a whole. to the Treasury. We have no choice but to


radically improve the energy efficiency of
The private sector can and should do more to our homes. People will accept

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MAKE LOW CARBON
make this happen. But we need the certainty this if they are given the incentives and the
created by clear and stable government policy. means to do so.

HOME REFURBISHMENT
Setting out this commitment will help drive
innovation and investment. Only government

EASY, AFFORDABLE AND


can ultimately set the policy framework within

DELIVER SUSTAINABLE
which industry can flourish.

ATTRACTIVE
COMMUNITY
INFRASTRUCTURE
Everyone aspires to having a warm, comfortable
and attractive home, which is affordable to
run. This aspiration should become a reality.
Community-scale infrastructure such as heating,
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The low carbon home refurbishment water harvesting, waste disposal and waste
market is potentially worth billions of pounds re-use all have an important role to play in

DRIVE THE
a year to the UK economy, could create over a sustainable built environment and when
100,000 new jobs and could make a vital integrated, can offer considerable carbon
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REFURBISHMENT OF NON-
contribution to ensuring affordable warmth and cost savings and community benefits.
and energy security.

STICK TO THE ZERO DOMESTIC BUILDINGS


Local authorities should develop
Innovative schemes, such as ‘Pay As You Save’, ‘Sustainability Option Plans’, to identify

CARBON TARGETS, FOR UP THE AGENDA


that spread the cost of refurbishment over opportunities to deliver joined-up sustainable
time, must be rolled out as soon as possible. community infrastructure and work in

BOTH NEW HOMES AND


This idea is based on the premise that action partnership with the private sector to supply
by government could unlock significant private Responsibility currently falls between government this. Public sector buildings should be required,

NEW NON-DOMESTIC
sector finance to fund the upfront costs of departments, but with 17 per cent of UK carbon where viable, to connect to existing or planned
refurbishment, with no public expenditure. emissions coming from our non-domestic community heat networks, to provide an

BUILDINGS
buildings, we need a comprehensive strategy for ‘anchor load’ of demand, and large businesses
Pay As You Save can work in conjunction with action in this sector. The Carbon Reduction should be encouraged to do the same.
Feed in Tariffs and the Renewable Heat Incentive, Commitment is a start, but will not be enough.
We have to build the best performing new which make renewable energy more affordable Government has said that developers will be
buildings and not add to the carbon problem. for home owners. It should also be subsidised by Robust data for non-domestic buildings is able to invest in so-called ‘allowable solutions’
an ongoing Supplier Obligation to help guarantee notoriously scarce, undermining efforts to in order to meet the required standard when
The world-leading target for all new homes to the delivery of carbon savings and provide an reduce carbon and causing confusion. To help in constructing new zero carbon buildings.
be zero carbon from 2016 has had a profound attractive proposition to householders. this regard, Display Energy Certificates (DECs) This mechanism should be used as a way
impact on the industry and should be should be made mandatory for all non-domestic of providing additional ring fenced capital
supported. It has led to innovation in design, Low carbon refurbishment could be delivered buildings and the private sector should pre- to support the delivery of community
closer working between developers, architects by a range of providers, from energy empt this by voluntarily commissioning DECs. infrastructure.