Public Seminar: Policy and Practice of Low and Zero Carbon Building

Time: 11:00 am – 12:15 noon, September 30, 2014 (Tuesday)

Location: Room 6-12B, Haking Wong Building, The University of Hong Kong

Co-organised by: Department of Civil Engineering and CICID, HKU

Seminar leaflet (Download)

The UK is a world leader with very ambitious low energy targets. Their Government has set out a timetable for the progressive tightening of Building Regulations (Part L) in 2010 and 2013, with the aim of achieving zero carbon new homes by 2016. In order to achieve the “Zero Carbon Homes” journey, the Zero Carbon Hub has partnered with Government and Industry to devise various policies, perform research and create methods/techniques/solutions. This session will therefore provide information on the UK’s approach to building, alongside a comparison with other cities, countries and continents around the world. These will include the increasingly popular fabric first, carbon compliance, and allowable solutions hierarchy.

It is perceived that in many countries there is not enough housing stock for rising populations. It is also necessary that any new homes are sustainable for future generations in order to avoid fuel poverty and reduce fossil fuel dependency. When houses are being delivered it can be perceived that their performance differs to design for a number of reasons, which also affects the sustainability on future proofing question. In order to tackle these major areas which are integral to the zero carbon journey, the discussion will focus on outlining barriers and potential solutions from a UK-centric perspective.

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