Buildings

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In 2017, emissions from residential buildings in the UK accounted for 17% of all carbon emissions but in some places this is much higher. In London for example domestic buildings are responsible for 36% of London’s total CO2 emissions. Globally, buildings account for just under one third of total energy use and a fifth of global carbon emissions. However, it is projected that under business-as-usual projections, use of energy in buildings globally could double or even triple by 2050. The drivers of this increase, include billions of people still requiring access to adequate housing and access to electricity. 

Failure to encourage energy-efficiency and low-carbon when constructing new buildings or retrofitting will lock countries into the disadvantages of poor performing buildings for decades. 

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how does climate change impact buildings?

Climate change is set to impact our homes and buildings through increased flooding, and higher temperatures for example. This section outlines the problems and points to some potential solutions.

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government policy on buildings

Click here to read an overview of some of the current government policy and targets in areas such as energy efficiency of buildings, flooding, low carbon homes and smart meters to name a few.

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what can you ask your MP to do?

Buildings have a long life span so it is vital that we build homes that are 'future ready.' Click here to learn more about talking to your MP about this, as well as some key asks for talking to our MPs about existing homes.

Date of Publication: 28.07.2018