Green and sustainable building regulations ‘move step closer’

green-brickGreen and sustainable building is set to take a step forward on a global scale, one industry organisation has suggested. The UK Green Building Council revealed there are indications a common carbon metric for structures could be introduced worldwide after attendees to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) claimed a unified approach to calculating emissions is required. Supported by a number of environmentally-friendly agencies, the common carbon metric project aims to create consistent benchmarking, baselining and monetising of CO2 in buildings. Speaking at a UN Environmental Programme Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative (UNEP-SBCI) meeting, Gajanana Hegde of the UNFCCC’s Clean Development Mechanism team claimed the construction industry must define a suitable set of default factors or averages for judging pollution in structures around the world. This would need to take into account climate zones, building types and economic conditions, he added. According to UNEP-SBCI, a common carbon metric could help reduce energy consumption in new and existing developments by up to 50 per cent over the next ten years.

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