Four Introba Team Members Appointed to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard and Launch a Call for Evidence
Four Introba team members have been selected to join the governance and delivery teams for the Net Zero Carbon Building Standard, helping to develop and provide a single agreed definition and methodology to determine what constitutes a net zero carbon building. Appointed members are:
Clara Bagenal George, Associate, is the chair of the technical steering group on behalf of LETI
Simon Ebbatson, Principal, is the lead for the Science and Technology Sector Group
Hugh Dugdale, Associate Principal, sits on the Embodied Carbon Task Group
Aazraa Pankan, Sustainability consultant, sits on the Reporting, Disclosure, and Verification Task Group
Championing cross-industry initiative group also includes representatives from the following organisations: Better Buildings Partnership (BBP), Building Research Establishment (BRE), Carbon Trust, Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), IStructE, LETI, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and UK Green Building Council (UKGBC).
Having established governance and delivery teams, the NZCBS coalition is now calling on UK built environment industry practitioners to supply operational energy and embodied carbon performance data for their buildings. This will support the development of their evidence base over the coming months.
Firstly, the NZCBS is seeking operational energy data for buildings – specifically in-use consumption data from the best-performing existing buildings, and modelled performance data for buildings in design or construction. This data will enable the NZCBS development team to understand what today’s benchmark for energy performance is, and what current and future best-practice might look like. As part of this, the NZCBS is also calling for experts to assist with energy modelling – more information on this can be found in the call for evidence guide.
Secondly, the NZCBS team is seeking embodied carbon data from both new construction and retrofit projects. This will enable the NZCBS development team to set out benchmarks for embodied carbon emitted in the construction process of different building types across the UK.
Participants are invited to submit data via the Built Environment Carbon Database. The deadline for submitting data is 16th December 2022. The NZCBS Call for Evidence coincides with the launch of the beta version of the BECD this week.
Those with operational energy and embodied carbon performance data to share are encouraged to review the call for evidence guide, available on the project website with more detail on the process for supplying data.
For additional guidance on relevance and suitability of data required, the team can be contacted on: energydata@NZCbuildings.co.uk or Embodieddata@NZCBuildings.co.uk, depending on the type of data in question.
The NZCBS Technical Steering Group will be hosting a webinar on Thursday 17th November at 9.30am. They’ll be providing a general update on progress on the development of the Standard as well as taking part in an audience Q&A session. Find out more and register to attend.
Clara states, “The built environment is responsible for a huge proportion of carbon emissions, we are at a tipping point in our ability to reduce the impacts of the climate crisis. I believe that this project will be the key to unlocking a clear, workable path for the built environment to transition to net zero. Not only will this project deliver much-needed clarity on how to verify net zero carbon buildings in the UK, but it also brings together key organisations that have been working in this space, to create a robust, industry-led UK Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard, created through consensus and collaboration based on science.”
About the UK Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard
The Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard is being developed by an industry steering group which consists of the following industry bodies: BBP, BRE, the Carbon Trust, CIBSE, IStructE, LETI, RIBA, RICS, and UKGBC. For more information about the initiative and to remain up to date, please visit https://www.nzcbuildings.co.uk.
The NZCBS is anticipated to provide auditing, verification and reporting requirements. It is intended that claims will be required to be validated based on in-use measured data and interim verification of an asset at design stage or once the asset is built but not yet operating may also be considered.
The Governance Board will oversee the initiative and govern the development, implementation, and ongoing operation and maintenance of the standard. The Technical Steering Group is responsible for the direction and technical decision-making of the development of the NZCBS; this group will bring together technical experts and sector-specific expertise via a set of focused task and sector groups.
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