By Justin Furness – CAB Technical Consultant
August saw the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) publish its latest report on global warming, which warns of increasingly extreme heatwaves, droughts and flooding, and a key temperature limit being broken in just over a decade. UN Secretary-General António Guterres said the report “is a code red for humanity” and that: “If we combine forces now, we can avert climate catastrophe.” It is against this backdrop, and that of the forthcoming key climate summit in Glasgow known as COP26, that the devolved nations of the UK are setting out proposals for the energy efficiency of buildings.
The most recent of these is Scotland, now consulting on changes to its “Section 6”, equivalent to Part L in England. In Scotland, the target is for net-zero emissions by 2045, five years ahead of the rest of the UK. They are setting out different options for the uplift in standards for new dwellings and non-domestic buildings. The reductions in calculated emissions with more stringent building fabric values are significant, but how ready is the supply chain to implement these standards next year? Now is the time to have your say and join CAB and the ‘Part L’ Working Group and help us to prepare our consultation response.