Each year, 5th June marks World Environment Day. Since 1974, the global event has aimed to engage governments, businesses and citizens to address the pressing environmental issues facing our planet. In the construction industry, there is a growing awareness of the negative impact construction and the resulting buildings can have on the environment. Both construction companies and the government are now taking action to try and mitigate this.
In the UK, there are currently multiple schemes that aim to reduce the negative impact that buildings can have on the environment. The nationwide Future Homes Standard and Future Buildings Standard aim to reduce carbon emissions from new buildings. Meanwhile the London Plan 2021, which focuses on ensuring the capital is a great place to live in, work in and visit, features the strictest carbon emissions targets in the country.
To mark World Environment Day 2021, we’re discussing the guidelines and regulations developers must adhere to ensure the environment is protected from further damage and increase sustainability.
Future Homes Standard
The Future Homes Standard is a set of measures that aim to ensure all new homes built from 2025 will produce 75-80% less carbon emissions than homes delivered under the current regulations. Developers will be expected to take action to reduce overheating in homes and increase energy efficiency. Lower carbon heating methods are just one way in which the new targets are expected to be achieved.
Not only should this initiative increase the comfort of people living in homes built to the new standards, but it should also go a long way towards protecting the environment.
Future Buildings Standard
The Future Buildings Standard is the next stage of the government’s Future Homes Standard consultation. Whilst the Future Homes Standard focuses on residential buildings, the Future Buildings Standard will focus on commercial buildings to ensure all construction in the UK adheres to high standards.
We do not yet know what the outcome of the Future Buildings Standard will be, but like its residential counterpart, the focus will be on making non-residential buildings greener and more energy efficient.
As more information on what the Future Buildings Standard might look like becomes available, we’ll be publishing an article on our website to keep you up to date on the subject.
The London Plan 2021
The London Plan 2021 is the Greater London Authority’s (GLA) framework for how London will develop over the next 20-25 years. The Plan features an entire chapter on sustainability which focuses on areas such as air quality, energy usage and managing heat risk.
Under the requirements of the London Plan, developers will be expected to demonstrate how their buildings will use energy efficiently and how they will meet the air cooling guidelines.
If you’d like to know more, we’ve written a full article on Energy and Managing Heat Risk in the London Plan.
At C80 Solutions, we welcome initiatives that are designed to ensure buildings are constructed more sustainably. We keep up to date with the changing regulations so our consultants are always on hand to make the process of meeting the building regulations straightforward. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help make your project a success.