Responding to the release last week of the all-party parliamentary urban development group report, Greening UK Cities’ Buildings, the ICE also claimed bringing current building stock up to an acceptable standard should be the government’s top priority.
"ICE believes that the government’s real priority should be to raise the standard of existing buildings so as to reduce carbon impact, and it’s good to see reports such as this one promoting that idea," said Foulkes.
The report considers how a number of key barriers can be overcome to cut energy use.
It focuses on the need to green Britain’s offices, shops, and factories – which contribute nearly
a fifth of the country’s CO2 emissions – if the government’s 60% carbon reduction target is to be achieved.
The paper calls for "a single central government unit that would be responsible for the delivery of a coherent approach to energy efficiency, bringing together all government actors involved and streamlining the different schemes and policy options currently available through a variety of agencies".
Other recommendations include the extension of display energy certificates (DECs) to privately-owned commercial buildings. The report also suggests that the government and the property industry could encourage the voluntary adoption of these certificates.