The IWFM is encouraging facilities managers to take part in a new survey to better understand the circumstances required for a potential net zero carbon buildings verification scheme.
The survey launched by green lobby group, the UK Green Building Council, aims to “explore potential routes for a net zero carbon buildings verification scheme in collaboration with wider industry bodies”.
Verification will ensure “robustness to net zero claims and will help catalyse industry-wide transformation of the built environment”, according to the UKGBC. It added that it is “vital that market analysis is conducted to ensure any proposal delivers a scheme that will genuinely work for the industry”.
The survey aims to “better understand the market drivers, expectations and characteristics for a potential net zero carbon buildings verification scheme”.
The results of this survey will inform next steps to be undertaken by UKGBC and industry collaborators later in 2021. To meet the UK’s 2050 net zero targets, the built environment sector requires "urgent, widespread and real decarbonisation of existing and new buildings".
Sofie Hooper, head of policy at the IWFM, said: “Action to protect the environment and tackle climate change will have more impact if taken collectively and the steps are substantive, evidence-based and measurable. IWFM welcomes the initiative to develop a Net Zero Carbon Buildings verification scheme and encourages workplace and facilities managers to engage with the survey so that their unique perspective on managing buildings is taken into account at the development stage.”
The UKGBC said it is seeking feedback from built environment stakeholders across the full value chain, and life cycle of a building. This includes investors, developers, advisory services, contractors and their supply chains, and any users of buildings (owners, landlords, tenants).
The survey will take 10 minutes to complete and the deadline for completing the survey is midnight Monday 19th July. If you have any questions about this survey please contact: [email protected] The survey can be taken here.