New Net Zero Standard to create consistency

Have you ever wondered when a Building claims to be Net Zero what standard and definition they are using and how that compares to the 15 standards all tacking different aspects of the same thing.  Reported in Building last week, David Partridge has been tasked with bringing together construction’s many and varied definitions of net zero. The article goes on to explain why setting a recognised and easily understood benchmark for whole-life carbon emissions is so important.

David Partridge is chair of the group developing the Net Zero Carbon Building Standard, as well as chair of the Related Argent partnership.

Partridge says the industry is “crying out” for a single standard that covers embodied and operational carbon and applies to all building types.

The article goes on to explain what the proposed new standard ‘Net Zero Carbon Building Standard’ (NZCBS) is, how it is being determined and the industry feedback to date and when it will be introduced.

Unlike many of the other 15 Standards, for NZCBS  there will be 13 different building types including healthcare, cultural, hotels, heritage buildings and data centres. There will be two main categories, new build and retrofit of existing buildings and achieving the standard will be ‘stretching but achievable.’

The standard recognises that it might be very difficult for carbon intensive sectors such as healthcare or data centres to keep within the carbon budget for those building types, and relatively easy for others, for example logistics facilities. The former will get more relaxed and the latter tougher carbon limits. The goal is to keep the total contribution from all 13 building types below the UK built environment’s carbon budget.

The Standard is currently being finalised with the objective of publishing a test version in the summer. The standard will then be tested during the rest of this year and a final version published along with accompanying guidance and verification disclosure templates.

Feedback so far from industry is positive, with comments from one industry expert being the industry needs consistency as too many claims are being made about buildings being Net Zero with no validation. Good to see cross party support and wider sector support, and the fact it is tailored to different building types. The key to its success will be adoption by clients and the country not pulling back on the targets set..

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