Consultation Opens On Reducing Carbon Emissions In Building And Construction

Consultation Opens On Reducing Carbon Emissions In Building And Construction

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Public consultation has opened on proposals to help
reduce carbon emissions in the building and construction
sector.

“MBIE is asking for feedback on two
documents which will start this conversation,” says
General Manager Building Systems Performance John
Sneyd.

“The Whole of Life Embodied Carbon
Emissions Framework
looks at reducing embodied carbon
emissions across a building’s whole life cycle, from the
production of building materials, all the way through to
what happens to the building when it’s at the end of its
life.

“The Transforming Operational Efficiency
Framework
focusses on reducing carbons emissions related
to the operation of buildings, such as the use of heating,
cooling, lighting, ventilation, and other similar items,”
John says.

“We’d like to hear from a wide range of
voices and experiences to ensure we get this
right.

“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity
to change the way we think about building so we can help
deliver the climate change outcomes New Zealand, and the
world, is asking for,” says John.

“We’re aware
the impact that Covid-19 is currently having on our building
and construction sector. This year we want to focus on
speaking to the people who will be impacted by any changes,
so we can understand their views, and learn from their
experiences.

“We expect some initial changes to
start being rolled out next year. This a long-term
programme, though, which will take place over the next 20-30
years,” John says.

The consultation is being run by
MBIE’s Building System Performance team, which was tasked
with leading changes in the building and construction sector
that are needed to help New Zealand reach its goal of being
net carbon zero by 2050.

The consultation on the two
frameworks opens today, and will run until 7:00 PM on 30
September. Submissions can be made through the survey on MBIE’s
website
or by emailing BfCC@mbie.govt.nz.

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