What policies do you expect the government to implement following the climate change talks in Paris?
The decisions made at COP21 in Paris will no doubt, in time, begin to influence policies. However for the construction sector the short to medium term will be driven by the European Union’s EPBD and Nearly Zero Energy Building requirements from 2020 onwards
What progress has been made towards the 2020 Ambition?
Significant R&D funding from Innovate UK and European Horizon 2020 competitions is helping industry better understand the causes of the performance gap. There is also an increasing focus on developing commercially viable in-line measurement and testing techniques
How significant is the gap between design and as-built energy performance?
Investor, consumer and occupant awareness of energy costs is going to make this an increasingly significant issue. The recent All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing Quality and the Bonfield Review of domestic retrofit are likely to have recommendations relevant to this area
What is the biggest challenge you’re going to face to close this gap?
Helping people across the supply chain, from planners to site managers, understand the role they play in as-built performance and ensuring skills and knowledge in this area are valued during procurement
How important are industry events in helping to achieve these goals?
Well targeted events, with knowledgeable speakers discussing important issues, are central to achieving the rapid increase in knowledge and skills required to deliver the Government’s 200,000 plus homes per year ambition