Part of the BRE Trust
Protecting People, Property and the Planet
The wider benefits of sustainable construction – and why
...
Overview
– Economic, environmental and social importance of sustainable
construction
– Use of standards: why and what
– BR...
Protecting People, Property and the Planet
Importance of sustainable construction
Low carbon goods and services in UK
– Over 51,000 companies
– Exports £11.3 billion – up 3.9% in 2010/11
– 4,500 new jobs ...
Sustainable Construction
– UK low carbon goods and services market is 6th largest
in world
– Worth over £112 billion
– Emp...
Construction industry and buildings
– Construction and demolition waste alone
represented 35% of total UK waste in 2008
– ...
Protecting People, Property and the Planet
Use of standards: why and what
Why standards?
– Objective measure of performance - and improvement
– Benchmarking
– Credibility
– Reputation
– Competitiv...
What standards?
– Objective
– Independently assessed
– Quality assured
– Holistic
Protecting People, Property and the Planet
BREEAM and the Code for Sustainable Homes
Review
Aim
– Design sustainability into the building
– Lower environmental impact
– More efficient building
– Improve internal en...
Environmental Standards
Numberofbuildings
Regulatoryminimum
Minimal
BREEAM/CSH
Aspirational
Level1
Level2
Level3
Level4
Le...
Issue Categories
Management
Energy
Water
Land Use & Ecology
Health & Wellbeing
Transport
Materials
Waste
Pollution
Management
Transport
Water
Materials
Waste
Land Use & Ecology
Pollution
Energy
Health & Wellbeing
BREEAM Weightings
Catego...
Minimum Standards
· Energy
· Management
· Health & Well-being
· Water
· Waste
· Land Use & Ecology
Tradable Credits
· Ener...
Wat 1 – Indoor water use
Water consumption
(litres / person / day)
Credits Mandatory Levels
120 l/p/day 1 Level 1 and 2
...
BREEAM & Code for Sustainable Homes
– Two stage certification process
– Design stage
– Post construction
– Minimum standar...
Opportunities and Costs
Costs are falling
In the last three years the
average extra costs of
building to level 3 of the
Code for Sustainable
Homes...
Industry support for sustainable construction
“The industry requires greater
commitment from government in
the shape of cl...
Protecting People, Property and the Planet
BREEAM and the Code for Sustainable Homes
Examples
BRE Innovation Park
Case Study - North Northamptonshire
– “Residential units to be delivered 2008-2012 will meet
the Code for Sustainable Home...
Planning Inspectorate Model Planning Conditions
CODE FOR SUSTAINABLE HOMES
– The dwelling(s) shall achieve a Code Level [s...
Case Study – Stockton on Tees
– All new non-residential developments will be
completed to a Building Research Establishmen...
Newport High School – BREEAM Excellent
Protecting People, Property and the Planet
Existing stock and the Green Deal
The Built Environment
Existing
New
BREEAM In Use
– Evaluation, assessment and
certification of
– Existing Buildings
– Property Portfolios
– Management of pro...
Why do we need to do something?
– Government policy objectives
• 74% of UK properties were built before 1975
• Homes produ...
Green Deal origins ….. Grant Shapps at BRE in 2009
What he said…
Imagine if you could walk into your favourite store, buy some clothes or do your
weekly shop...and then at t...
What is the Green Deal?
– Customer receives package of energy efficiency measures (up to £10,000)
– Cost is paid back via ...
Green Deal: why have standards?
– Boost customer confidence and encourage take-
up
– Ensure finance providers have the con...
More information…
http://www.decc.gov.uk/
The Green Deal: A summary of the
Government’s Proposals The Green Deal: Energy s...
Sustainable construction and the National Planning
Policy Framework: BRE view
– Tools such as the Code for Sustainable Hom...
Protecting People, Property and the Planet
National and International Developments
BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes
– Required by
– Government for own property
– HCA for funded housing
– Commercial de...
BREEAM
– Respected and replicated
throughout the world
– Over 250,000 buildings
assessed
– Network of over 2,500
independe...
Property industry view
– “BREEAM is a British success story. The industry knows
that if you are interested in sustainabili...
International Context
– BREEAM being adopted in increasing no. of other countries e.g. Spain,
Netherlands, Norway
– BRE ex...
Future direction?...1
– “Moving to a green economy
presents huge opportunities for
British businesses not only to
reduce t...
Future direction?...2
– “Now we know that a decade of
environmental laws and regulations
are piling costs on the energy bi...
Future direction?...3
– “Climate change is where the real world meets the real economy –
building effective climate resili...
Construction green breakfast with Chris Cousins re sustainable construction 9 February 2012
Construction green breakfast with Chris Cousins re sustainable construction 9 February 2012
Construction green breakfast with Chris Cousins re sustainable construction 9 February 2012
Construction green breakfast with Chris Cousins re sustainable construction 9 February 2012
Construction green breakfast with Chris Cousins re sustainable construction 9 February 2012
Construction green breakfast with Chris Cousins re sustainable construction 9 February 2012
Construction green breakfast with Chris Cousins re sustainable construction 9 February 2012
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  • Construction green breakfast with Chris Cousins re sustainable construction 9 February 2012

    1. 1. Part of the BRE Trust Protecting People, Property and the Planet The wider benefits of sustainable construction – and why standards are needed Chris Cousins BRE Local Government Liaison Manager 9 February 2012
    2. 2. Overview – Economic, environmental and social importance of sustainable construction – Use of standards: why and what – BREEAM and the Code for Sustainable Homes – Review – Examples – Existing stock and the Green Deal – National and international developments in sustainable construction
    3. 3. Protecting People, Property and the Planet Importance of sustainable construction
    4. 4. Low carbon goods and services in UK – Over 51,000 companies – Exports £11.3 billion – up 3.9% in 2010/11 – 4,500 new jobs – up 4.3% in 2010/11 – Green Deal alone predicted to trigger £14 billion of investment to 2022, and support at least 65,000 insulation and construction jobs by 2015 Source: 2011 Annual Energy Statement, DECC 23 November 2011
    5. 5. Sustainable Construction – UK low carbon goods and services market is 6th largest in world – Worth over £112 billion – Employs over 900,000 people – Output of UK designers is second largest invisible export after financial services Sources: BIS press release, 4 August 2011; UKTI
    6. 6. Construction industry and buildings – Construction and demolition waste alone represented 35% of total UK waste in 2008 – the energy used in constructing, occupying and operating buildings represents approximately 50% of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK – Passenger transport vehicles account for a further 15% of CO2 emissions Sources: DEFRA, Environment Agency, Energy Saving Trust
    7. 7. Protecting People, Property and the Planet Use of standards: why and what
    8. 8. Why standards? – Objective measure of performance - and improvement – Benchmarking – Credibility – Reputation – Competitive advantage
    9. 9. What standards? – Objective – Independently assessed – Quality assured – Holistic
    10. 10. Protecting People, Property and the Planet BREEAM and the Code for Sustainable Homes Review
    11. 11. Aim – Design sustainability into the building – Lower environmental impact – More efficient building – Improve internal environment for occupants – Recognise quality design, procurement and management of the built environment
    12. 12. Environmental Standards Numberofbuildings Regulatoryminimum Minimal BREEAM/CSH Aspirational Level1 Level2 Level3 Level4 Level5 Level6 VeryGood Pass Good Excellent Outstanding
    13. 13. Issue Categories Management Energy Water Land Use & Ecology Health & Wellbeing Transport Materials Waste Pollution
    14. 14. Management Transport Water Materials Waste Land Use & Ecology Pollution Energy Health & Wellbeing BREEAM Weightings Category Weighting Management 12% Health & Wellbeing 15% Energy 19% Transport 8% Water 6% Materials 12.5% Waste 7.5% Land Use & Ecology 10% Pollution 10%
    15. 15. Minimum Standards · Energy · Management · Health & Well-being · Water · Waste · Land Use & Ecology Tradable Credits · Energy · Water · Materials · Transport · Waste · Pollution · Health & Well-being · Management · Land Use & Ecology EnvironmentalWeighting Final Score CategoryScores Pass ≥ 30 Good ≥ 45 Very Good ≥ 55 Excellent ≥ 70 Outstanding ≥ 85 Innovation Credits · Exemplary Performance Requirements · Approved Innovation Credits Scoring
    16. 16. Wat 1 – Indoor water use Water consumption (litres / person / day) Credits Mandatory Levels 120 l/p/day 1 Level 1 and 2 110 l/p/day 2 105 l/p/day 3 Level 3 and 4 90 l/p/day 4 80 l/p/day 5 Level 5 and 6
    17. 17. BREEAM & Code for Sustainable Homes – Two stage certification process – Design stage – Post construction – Minimum standards
    18. 18. Opportunities and Costs
    19. 19. Costs are falling In the last three years the average extra costs of building to level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes has fallen by almost three quarters Cost of building to the Code for Sustainable Homes – updated cost review, CLG, August 2011 “...what these figures show us is that as the construction industry continues to build more sustainable homes, there is further potential for the costs associated with building greener homes to continue falling” Andrew Stunell, Communities Minister, August 2011
    20. 20. Industry support for sustainable construction “The industry requires greater commitment from government in the shape of clearer, long-term and consistent sustainability targets for all construction projects. These, in turn, need to take a whole-life, wholesystem approach to sustainability.” Material Gains in Sustainability: the business case for the construction products sector, PwC and Construction Products Association, September 2011
    21. 21. Protecting People, Property and the Planet BREEAM and the Code for Sustainable Homes Examples
    22. 22. BRE Innovation Park
    23. 23. Case Study - North Northamptonshire – “Residential units to be delivered 2008-2012 will meet the Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) Level 3 as a minimum; those delivered 2013-2015 will meet the CSH Code Level 4 as a minimum; and those delivered from 2016 onwards will meet the CSH Code Level 6 as a minimum.” North Northamptonshire Joint Planning Unit, Adopted Core Strategy Policy 14
    24. 24. Planning Inspectorate Model Planning Conditions CODE FOR SUSTAINABLE HOMES – The dwelling(s) shall achieve a Code Level [state level] in accordance with the requirements of the Code for Sustainable Homes: Technical Guide (or such national measure of sustainability for house design that replaces that scheme). – No dwelling shall be occupied until a Final Code Certificate has been issued for it certifying that Code Level X has been achieved.
    25. 25. Case Study – Stockton on Tees – All new non-residential developments will be completed to a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) of ‘very good’ up to 2013 and thereafter a minimum rating of ‘excellent’. Stockton on Tees Borough Council Core Strategy Policy 3 Adopted March 2010
    26. 26. Newport High School – BREEAM Excellent
    27. 27. Protecting People, Property and the Planet Existing stock and the Green Deal
    28. 28. The Built Environment Existing New
    29. 29. BREEAM In Use – Evaluation, assessment and certification of – Existing Buildings – Property Portfolios – Management of property and building based activities
    30. 30. Why do we need to do something? – Government policy objectives • 74% of UK properties were built before 1975 • Homes produce 23% of UK GHG emissions – Climate Change Act 2008 set carbon emission reduction targets • 34% by 2020 • 80% by 2050 – Average annual household energy bill • currently £1,124 • could rise by 33% (real) by 2030
    31. 31. Green Deal origins ….. Grant Shapps at BRE in 2009
    32. 32. What he said… Imagine if you could walk into your favourite store, buy some clothes or do your weekly shop...and then at the checkout, as you hand over your Clubcard; the cashier offers you the prospect of permanently lower utility bills. There's nothing to pay, now or even later. Your home will be retrofitted and all you'll notice is that it costs you less to heat and power it. Now, unless you literally enjoy burning money, you're gonna love the Green Deal…all you'll see is lower bills... with zero upfront cost. Grant Shapps: We will green up to 25 million homes:Thursday 26th November 2009 at BRE
    33. 33. What is the Green Deal? – Customer receives package of energy efficiency measures (up to £10,000) – Cost is paid back via energy bills over e.g. 25 years – Cost of repayments should be less than or equal to likely energy bill savings – Customer not liable for capital, only repayments whilst they occupy the property – If occupants move, charge will pass to the new occupier – Will include owner-occupiers, private and social rented and commercial sector.
    34. 34. Green Deal: why have standards? – Boost customer confidence and encourage take- up – Ensure finance providers have the confidence in assessment and installations to put Green Deal funding in place. – Avoid problems experienced in other countries – Avoid mis-selling
    35. 35. More information… http://www.decc.gov.uk/ The Green Deal: A summary of the Government’s Proposals The Green Deal: Energy savings for homes and business
    36. 36. Sustainable construction and the National Planning Policy Framework: BRE view – Tools such as the Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM – Promote development that is sustainable – Provide a national framework: developers do not have to cope with hundreds of different approaches around the country – Allow local discretion – Drive change within the supply chain to promote innovation and reduce costs – Support UK’s leading international role in sustainable construction
    37. 37. Protecting People, Property and the Planet National and International Developments
    38. 38. BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes – Required by – Government for own property – HCA for funded housing – Commercial developers and property companies e.g. Cushman and Wakefield – Companies such as M&S, Audi, John Lewis, Co-op, Waitrose – Overseas governments and property interests
    39. 39. BREEAM – Respected and replicated throughout the world – Over 250,000 buildings assessed – Network of over 2,500 independent licensed assessors – Developed with Government/industry – Independent governance – Regularly updated to ensure best practice
    40. 40. Property industry view – “BREEAM is a British success story. The industry knows that if you are interested in sustainability you make sure you build a BREEAM Excellent building” – Liz Peace, Chief Executive, British Property Foundation, January 2011
    41. 41. International Context – BREEAM being adopted in increasing no. of other countries e.g. Spain, Netherlands, Norway – BRE expertise contributing to innovation parks in China (with potential £100m. contracts for UK firms) and Brazil
    42. 42. Future direction?...1 – “Moving to a green economy presents huge opportunities for British businesses not only to reduce their environmental impact, but also to transform products and services, develop cleaner technologies, and capture new international markets.” Caroline Spelman, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, 5 August 2011
    43. 43. Future direction?...2 – “Now we know that a decade of environmental laws and regulations are piling costs on the energy bills of households and companies.” – “We’re not going to save the planet by putting our country out of business. – “So let’s at the very least resolve that we’re going to cut our carbon emissions no slower but also no faster than our fellow countries in Europe.” George Osborne, Conservative Party Conference, 3 October 2011
    44. 44. Future direction?...3 – “Climate change is where the real world meets the real economy – building effective climate resilience using a combination of the best evidence available alongside risk-based approaches is a pre-requisite for long-term economic, societal, and environmental sustainability.” Caroline Spelman, January 2012 (foreword to UK Climate Change Risk Assessment)
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