Possible incentives for eco office building
Businesses may be offered financial incentives if it makes existing office buildings more environmentally friendly.
The chair of the Parliamentary All-Party Urban Development Group is looking at how to provide incentives for businesses' to bring buildings in line with government targets.
Existing government targets say that by 2019 all new business premises should be carbon zero and it is open to setting similar targets for existing buildings.
Clive Betts, chair of the group, said: "What we want to see is a proper system of measurement and recording, so that if tax breaks come in we can demonstrate they're going to have a perceivable effect on carbon emissions and that we are getting value for the public money that's going in."
Experts are going to be questioned by the All-Party Urban Development Group on how the environmental impact of office buildings can be reduced.
The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has recently issued a report explaining how buildings can be carbon zero.
The government announced the carbon zero goals in 2007, however there has been no definition of the term until now.
The UK-GBC is now confident that its new definition will be endorsed by the government so that developers can build more environmentally sustainable buildings.
Article Date: 19 May 2008
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