BRE publishes 100-day roadmap for new Government, calling for acceleration on the net zero transition

BRE publishes 100-day roadmap for new Government, calling for acceleration on the net zero transition

The Building Research Establishment (BRE) – the international building science centre – has set out a roadmap for the new Government to deliver transformational change in the built environment during its first 100 days in power.

BRE is calling for the new Labour Government to prioritise measures such as unlocking innovation in construction, improving the usability of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), and the creation of a Decent Homes Standard for the Private Rented Sector in its first 100 days.

These measures would kickstart a new phase of progress in meeting sustainability targets across the UK’s new and existing buildings, and help fulfil the Labour Party’s pledges to make Britain a clean energy superpower and bolster the standard of the UK’s homes.

A fundamental commitment to developing and delivering improved building standards is required to place the UK on the trajectory to hit retrofitting and green building targets in 2030. Among BRE’s key recommendations for the Government are:

  • An extension of building regulations to include embodied carbon, setting a timeline for its implementation across new and existing buildings.
  • A commitment to decent, safe homes for all, with the publication of a Decent Homes Standard for the private rented sector, backed by a full update to the scientific basis of the Housing Health and Safety System underpinning the standard.
  • A consultation on changes to home Energy Performance Certificates should propose an update the headline measures on the certificate, using the powerful new Home Energy Model methodology to its full potential, and improving the assessment process.
  • Support proactive councils and regions who want to go further and faster in sustainability standards for homes, while meeting local housing need and re-announced housing targets.

At the international level, BRE wants to ensure that British standards and certification services are recognised for their quality and rigour. Building on its role as a global net zero leader, the UK has an opportunity to place these tools at the forefront of trade negotiations, harnessing not only the opportunity to uplift international progress towards net zero, but bolster a growing export market and source of soft power.

BRE’s 100 day roadmap can be read in full here. 

Gillian Quote

We urge the new Government to harness the full resource and capability of the built environment sector to develop and implement improved standards over the coming years, both at home and abroad. “Rigorous policymaking in this area will reap benefits not only for the climate, but also for the UK economy, and people’s health and wellbeing up and down the country.”
– Gillian Charlesworth, CEO of BRE


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