John Alker: Green building: the policy context

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John Alker: Green building: the policy context

  1. 1. Green building:the policy contextJohn Alker, Director of Policy &Communications@johnalkerjohn.alker@ukgbc.org
  2. 2. Remember this?
  3. 3. Key points• GOVERNMENT IS A COALITION OFCOALITIONS• PROGRESSIVE POLICY-MAKING IS ASTRUGGLE• LABOUR ARE DOING WHAT OPPOSITIONSDO• GREEN IS BECOMING MORE POLITICAL –BUT THAT’S NOT NECESSARILY A GOODTHING...
  4. 4. We’re in a battle
  5. 5. Key points• GOVERNMENT IS INFLUENCED BYEXTERNAL OPINION – NOT SURPRISINGTHERE ARE CONTRADICTIONS IN POLICY• PROGRESSIVE BUSINESSES NEED TO LEADPUBLIC OPINION, NOT FOLLOW• THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALKABOUT GREEN AND GROWTH TOGETHER• BUSINESS GROUPS NEED TO SPEAK WITHONE VOICE
  6. 6. Key demands1. Long term structural incentives to encourage home energy efficiency,including ‘consequential improvements’2. Ring-fenced retrofit programme for public buildings, funded by acombination of the £1.5bn annual government departmental underspendand other innovative finance mechanisms such as Energy PerformanceContracting.3. Stick to the commitment for all new homes and all new non-domesticbuildings to be zero carbon from 2016 and 2019 respectively; andurgently clarify both the interim steps required through Part L andAllowable Solutions.4. Boost energy saving in commercial buildings by improving DECs andextending them to all buildings; and provide urgent clarity on theobligations in the Energy Act 2011 to phase out the letting of poorerperforming buildings.5. Encourage long-term investment in green infrastructure and improveconfidence in the supply chain by enabling the Green Investment Bankto borrow now, and providing greater clarity on the future for lowcarbon energy generation.
  7. 7. • Part L: May• Housing Standards Review: May• Green Deal plan numbers: June• Allowable solutions: July• Energy audits: Summer• RHI: Summer• MEPs: AutumnComing up thick and fast
  8. 8. Final thoughts• LEADERSHIP• COLLABORATION• EVIDENCE SHARING• EDUCATION• ADVOCACY
  9. 9. Green building:the policy contextJohn Alker, Director of Policy &Communications@johnalkerjohn.alker@ukgbc.org

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