UK-GBC Debate: The future of rating tools

‘This industry requires rating tools in order to advance the sustainability of the built environment.’

In November 2013 over 70 delegates attended the UK-GBC rating tool debate, held at Derwent London’s White Collar Factory. The topic promised to be controversial, particularly in light of the Government’s recent Housing Standards Review consultation which proposes to phase out the Code for Sustainable Homes. Rating tools have existed for over 20 years in the UK with the number of tools, and the breadth of building types and lifecycle stages that they cover increasing over the years. They
have undoubtedly played a major role in advancing sustainability decisions within the built environment, however, they have also been accused of being restrictive, burdensome and costly. Click the link below to get a summary of the key issues raised in the debate.

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Tuesday, 3rd December 2013

Ben Hopkins, Bennetts Associates

An interesting and concise summary of many of the issues and opportunities related to the use of rating tools, which goes some way to indicating how they need to develop going forward.



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