Establishing the Ground Rules for Property: Industry-wide Sustainability Metrics

This guidance document sets out proposed common metrics for reporting sustainability performance including energy, carbon, waste and water.

The interim recommendations of the group were:
• a set of metrics for energy, carbon, water and waste which are consistent with the majority of major
measurement frameworks in use by the property industry
• mechanisms for classifying building types and norms of operation (this will require further refinement in light of experience)
• a practical method of assigning responsibilities for measuring and reporting resource use in rented
buildings (this will require further refinement in light of experience)
• practical methods for normalising resource use so as to allow interpretation and meaningful comparison (this will require further refinement in light of experience).

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Part L, although sounding rather dry, has been the starting point for a huge amount of innovation in the sector in recent years, because of the association with the trajectory towards zero carbon homes and buildings. The foundation for any low carbon home or building is high levels of energy efficiency from the building fabric to minimise energy demand – which is covered by Part L of the Building Regulations.

Ongoing debate around Part L and future requirements can be both highly technical, and politically contentious. UK-GBC regularly advocates an ambitious position on Part L to Government, through consultation responses and other forms of communication. Read more about our position here.

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