The government advisory group UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has called for a new set of regulations determining objectives for a carbon-neutral environment in key areas.
If adopted, the proposals could mean that far-reaching changes will be required for office space and commercial property in London.
The regulations would apply to both new and existing buildings, which will be required to meet steadily rising performance targets over time.
CEO of the Town and Country Planning Association, Gideon Amos, stated, ‘The challenge for planning is to ensure that the right strategic decisions are taken on infrastructure, orientation and master-planning to make delivery a reality.’
At present, there is no unifying code for sustainability, meaning that the development of environmentally sustainable commercial property is being slowed by a mass of conflicting practices and principles. Officials hope that a new code will enable faster and more efficient progress.