The Standards For Tfl Buildings (1)

MQT on 2016-06-22
Session date: 
June 22, 2016
Question By: 
Florence Eshalomi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What are the highest environmental standards on heating, lighting and waste that a building in London can be expected to maintain?


Answer for The Standards For Tfl Buildings (1)

Answer for The Standards For Tfl Buildings (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The highest environmental standards for buildings fall into three broad categories - the setting of targets, design and specification, and measuring performance.

For the first two categories, the highest heating standards are Passivhaus, which represents a zero-carbon standard for buildings, and the 'outstanding' standard under the British Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (known as BREEAM). For lighting, the highest standards are covered by the Energy Performance Certificate, the Zero Carbon standard and also by BREEAM. For waste, the GLA's target of 75 per cent recycling in commercial offices and movement towards a waste recovery (rather than recycling target) represent the highest standards.

To measure performance for heating and lighting, the highest standards are an A rated Display Energy Certificate (DECs), the Building Research Energy Conservation Unit's 19 benchmarks for office buildings, the Real Estate Environmental Benchmark and the improvement target for 2025 in the GLA's Climate Change Mitigation and Energy Strategy. The strategy mandates the use of BREEAM for new builds and refurbishment and DECs for operational performance. For waste, as well as the Real Estate Environmental Benchmark, the Waste and Resources Action Programme benchmark for waste per person.