BRE publishes 100-day roadmap for new Government

Latest News Wed, Jul 10, 2024 5:55 AM

The Building Research Establishment (BRE) – the international building science centre – has set out a roadmap for the new Government to deliver transformational change in the built environment during its first 100 days in power.

BRE is calling for the new Labour Government to prioritise measures such as unlocking innovation in construction, improving the usability of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), and the creation of a Decent Homes Standard for the Private Rented Sector in its first 100 days.

These measures would kickstart a new phase of progress in meeting sustainability targets across the UK’s new and existing buildings, and help fulfil the Labour Party’s pledges to make Britain a clean energy superpower and bolster the standard of the UK’s homes.

A fundamental commitment to developing and delivering improved building standards is required to place the UK on the trajectory to hit retrofitting and green building targets in 2030. Among BRE’s key recommendations for the Government are:

  • An extension of building regulations to include embodied carbon, setting a timeline for its implementation across new and existing buildings.
  • A commitment to decent, safe homes for all, with the publication of a Decent Homes Standard for the private rented sector, backed by a full update to the scientific basis of the Housing Health and Safety System underpinning the standard.
  • A consultation on changes to home Energy Performance Certificates should propose an update the headline measures on the certificate, using the powerful new Home Energy Model methodology to its full potential, and improving the assessment process.
  • Support proactive councils and regions who want to go further and faster in sustainability standards for homes, while meeting local housing need and re-announced housing targets.

At the international level, BRE wants to ensure that British standards and certification services are recognised for their quality and rigour. Building on its role as a global net zero leader, the UK has an opportunity to place these tools at the forefront of trade negotiations, harnessing not only the opportunity to uplift international progress towards net zero, but bolster a growing export market and source of soft power.

BRE’s 100-day roadmap can be read in full here.

“We urge the new Government to harness the full resource and capability of the built environment sector to develop and implement improved standards over the coming years, both at home and abroad,” said Gillian Charlesworth, CEO of BRE.

“Rigorous policymaking in this area will reap benefits not only for the climate, but also for the UK economy, and people’s health and wellbeing up and down the country.”

Featured News

Specification news
Hotel & leisure construction set for 14% rise after...

The hotel & leisure sector will be offering opportunities for the construction...

Read More >>

Specification news
Vibrant Northstowe town centre one step closer

Homes England has signed a collaboration agreement with developers Keepmoat and...

Read More >>

BUILDING PRODUCT LIBRARY - LATEST BROCHURES

Matfen Hall Case Study Brochure

Matfen Hall Case Stu...
By Passivent

Download Now >>

FRAMESAFE FR A2 FIRE RATED EXTERNAL WALL BREATHER MEMBRANE  Brochure

FRAMESAFE FR A2 FIRE...
By Glidevale Protect

Download Now >>

A Guide to Aluminium Fencing Brochure

A Guide to Aluminium...
By F.H. Brundle

Download Now >>

Handrailing & Balustrade Systems Brochure

Handrailing & Balust...
By F.H. Brundle

Download Now >>

RLG600 Access Flooring System Brochure

RLG600 Access Floori...
By Kingspan Data & Floo...

Download Now >>

BUILDING PRODUCT DIRECTORY - LATEST PRODUCTS

Straightcurve®
Straightcurve®

Straightcurve® – headquartered in Australia, is renowned for high-end innovative garden edging,...

Read More >>

RLG600 Access Flooring System
RLG600 Access Flooring System

The Kingspan RLG600 raised access floor panel is intended for light office use and is capable of...

Read More >>

RHG600 Simploc
RHG600 Simploc

Kingspan RHG600 Simploc is the heavy grade floor system, capable of handling up to a 12kN/m2...

Read More >>

CONSTRUCTION VIDEOS - LATEST VIDEOS

Portakabin | Installation at the iconic Admiralty Arch, London
Portakabin | Installation at the iconic Admiralty Arch, London

Portakabin | Installation at the iconic Admiralty Arch, London

Watch Now >>

Straightcurve® Product Range Overview - A Demonstration of Installation Ease
Straightcurve® Product Range Overview - A Demonstration of Installation Ease

Straightcurve® Product Range Overview - A Demonstration of Installation Ease

Watch Now >>