Sustainable design and construction

MQT on 2003-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2003
Question By: 
Noel Lynch
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How will the GLA and the boroughs ensure that the actual performance of new buildings on energy use, water consumption etc. meets their expected performance, as set out in planning application documents? Has the GLA had discussions with the boroughs to ensure that they will have sufficient qualified staff for such monitoring and enforcement?



Answer for Sustainable design and construction

Answer for Sustainable design and construction

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am producing Supplementary Planning Guidance on sustainable design and construction. This will include targets for the performance of buildings. I agree that it is the actual performance that is significant and my officers have had discussions with borough officers about the issues around monitoring and enforcement. Borough expertise is not yet well developed but some good practice is being promoted. For instance one borough is considering the training of building control officers to assess as part of their inspections whether new builds have incorporated particular features. Progress on this pilot will be monitored over the next few months. For other boroughs it is not yet clear whether such measures would be feasible and additional resources and training may be required. That would be largely a matter for government, in which case, I would be pressing them for a commitment to ensure monitoring and enforcement is effective. .