Mandate green design into planning requirements, say property experts

A group of property experts have called for sustainable design principles to be integrated into planning requirements and an annual greenhouse gas target for commercial buildings be set in order to drive down the industry’s carbon emissions.

The report, co-authored by property consultancy Bidwells and architecture firm Perkins and Will, notes that despite the UK government becoming the first to legislate for a net-zero target by 2050, “the property industry is yet to make substantial progress in driving down emissions.” 

Analysis from Bidwells shows that all properties in England rated D-G on their energy performance certificates had a potential energy bill of £21.3bn a year – a figure that could be brought down to £15.2bn if the properties were brought up to at least a C standard, saving £6bn on household energy bills. 

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