B&NES Council consulting on green building policies

Bath & North East Somerset Council is drafting a new document setting out how developments can be more energy efficient and better adapted to the impacts of climate change.

Seeking resident’s views to help make new buildings and developments in the region address climate change, the draft policy looks at setting a benchmark that all new build developments should achieve a 19 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and that major development on existing buildings should achieve a 10 per cent reduction in emissions.

The council has ambitious targets on climate change, aiming to reduce district-wide emissions by 45 per cent by 2029, and is therefore also discussing the possibility of development needing to be future-proofed to avoid overheating, which is becoming a problem as the climate warms, as well as new buildings saving water, reducing waste and using sustainable materials.

The consultation runs until the 27 July.