Transforming the economic and carbon performance of the buildings we work in
Building the future today
How non-domestic buildings can play a leading role in the UK's transition to a low carbon economy.
What would a carbon reduction target of at least 80% mean for non-domestic buildings in the UK, both in terms of Government policies, and subsequent action from industry, needed to deliver it?
"Building the future, today" confirms that an urgent focus on the non-domestic building sector is needed to keep the UK on track to deliver carbon reductions of 80% by 2050. Currently, 18% of the country's emissions can be attributed to the non-domestic building sector and these emissions have remained static for the last 20 years.
If the right strategy is followed, the carbon footprint of non-domestic buildings can be reduced by more than one third by 2020 and a net benefit of £4billion can be delivered to the UK economy through energy savings, the report finds.
Central to this strategy is the roll out Display Energy Certificates (DECs) and Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) to all non-domestic buildings by 2015 to provide transparency of energy performance across the sector.