Coalition of the Willing
Jane Davidson, Assembly Government Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing has stated that: “The built environment is the largest contributor to greenhouse gases in Wales. The way in which we construct and use our homes and other buildings accounts for 40% of our total carbon emissions. It is vital that all our new buildings are energy efficient and as green as possible.”
CEW is committed to educating, informing and teaching the industry to consider the manner in which it operates its impact on the environment and communities and the long term effect on the planet. But there is a lot of work to do if we are to achieve UK Government’s target of achieving zero carbon new homes by 2016 and achieve a major step change in Wales by 2011.
CEW has signed up to the ‘Coalition of the Willing’ and will work with industry and organisations within the ‘Coalition’ to significantly increase the energy efficiency of the existing building stock in Wales, contributing towards the Welsh target of 3% annual reductions in emission reductions from 2011 onwards. Here are some top facts to consider:
- Reductions of 3% each year would enable Wales to achieve an 80% reduction before 2050.
- The direct and indirect consumption of energy from buildings generates approximately 40% of all carbon emissions in the UK.
- The Welsh Assembly Government has stated the aspiration that all new buildings built from 2011 must be zero carbon in relation to space heating, hot water and lighting.
- By implementing the Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM it will help the industry take a stepped approach towards the target of zero carbon.
- All new housing that has Welsh Assembly Government funding or is built on Government owned land must meet The Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 (moving to Code level 4 as soon as practically possible).
- All non domestic buildings must meet the BREEAM excellent standard.
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