The Prime Minister today announced a Clean Growth Grand Challenge mission to “halve the energy usage of new buildings by 2030” as part of her Industrial Strategy speech at Jodrell Bank today.
That mission includes the aim to also “halve the costs of reaching the same standard in existing buildings too”.
Dr Diana Montgomery, Chief Executive at the Construction Products Association said: “The importance of this announcement cannot be underestimated. This is a significant opportunity for us and I am pleased construction products have been identified as a contributor towards the UK’s clean growth.
“Advances to halve the energy used by a new building would contribute towards the level of quality and innovation in construction, ultimately saving money for the consumer and giving them more control over how they save energy. Construction products shape the buildings we use and in delivering this mission from government we can have a positive impact on the built environment.”
At the UK Green Building Council, CEO Julie Hirigoyen said: “The Government made a bold statement in making Clean Growth a central part of the Industrial Strategy – and we welcome the new mission set for the building sector today.
“Addressing the energy used in new and existing buildings will be central to delivering clean growth and can only be achieved with strong leadership from Government working in close partnership with the industry.
“Now this mission has been set, it will be vital to underpin it with clear and consistent policies. Government should set a trajectory for building regulations to achieve net zero carbon from 2030, as well as introducing long-term incentives for retrofitting homes and commercial buildings. These market signals will be key in driving investment and innovation in the supply chain to meet these challenges and get us on track to meeting the Paris Agreement.”