Fifty construction and property industry leaders have sent a letter calling on the government to deliver long-term certainty on green building policies.
To drive investment and inspire innovation across the industry, they want to set rules ensuring that all new buildings are constructed to ‘zero carbon’ standards by 2030.
The open letter, which was coordinated by the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), also urged ministers to support zero carbon times by providing certainty about policy and confirming that standards for building energy performance will be improved from 2020.
The letter also argues that a rule of ‘net zero carbon’ should require new properties to reduce their energy use as much as possible and meet renewing energy demand through renewables.
It stated that a construction industry that is well-positioned to meet the future can play an important role in enabling the clean growth that underscores the government’s Industrial Strategy. It also asked ministers to enable the policy certainty needed to help the industry drive the UK economy forward in a post-Brexit future.
Letter signatories include representatives from Hermes Investment Management, Heathrow Airport, Marks & Spencer, WSP & the Crown Estate.