UKGBC releases energy performance targets for offices targeting net zero

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has published new energy performance targets for commercial offices aiming to achieve net zero carbon in operation.

The council has recommended that offices should reduce energy demand by an average of 60% by 2050.

It has also advocated that offices seeking zero carbon for operational energy should first meet the energy performance targets, then meet demand, as far as possible, through renewable energy, and finally offset any remaining carbon.

This follows UKGBC’s 2019 report ‘Net Zero Carbon Buildings: A Framework Definition’, which sets out guidance for buildings seeking to achieve net zero for construction and operational energy.

Richard Twinn, senior policy adviser at UKGBC, said: “This will be crucial to decarbonising our energy systems in the most cost-effective way, and ensuring that buildings only use their ‘fair share’ of energy in a net zero carbon economy.”

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