BGES is welcoming the publication of new net zero energy performance targets for commercial offices that are aiming to achieve net zero carbon in operation.
The targets were published by the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), following direct engagement with industry and analysis of the projected zero carbon energy capacity of the UK. UKGBC is recommending that the offices sector should reduce energy demand by an average of 60% by 2050 to help the UK achieve net zero.
The targets were developed as an addition to UKGBC’s landmark 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. They represent more stretching requirements for commercial offices claiming net zero in operation and set out a trajectory of tightening energy performance requirements over the next fifteen years.
Offices seeking zero carbon for operational energy should:
- first meet the energy performance targets;
- then meet demand as far as possible through renewable energy;
- finally, offset any remaining carbon.
This data should then be independently verified and publicly disclosed on an annual basis to demonstrate how the net zero balance has been achieved.
The targets will challenge the construction and property sector to reimagine the way offices are designed, constructed and operated, including moving towards in-use performance as the verifiable metric for energy.
Gareth Barber, Managing Director of BG Energy Solutions, comments:
“We’re delighted that the UKGBC is providing a pathway for commercial offices to achieve net zero by 2050, as well as laying bare the magnitude of the task. Smart, energy efficient building systems such as heating, cooling and ventilation will be key to addressing the challenge, particularly for retrofit projects. We look forward to playing our part in helping the UK to achieve its net zero goal.”