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Key Organisations and Actor networks in the UK Green Building sector

‘To better and more cost-effectively target fuel poor households, greater use should be made of more trusted intermediaries, such as local authorities, housing providers and community organisations. These intermediaries should be given access to the necessary housing datasets, such as EPC data, free of charge to enable them to deliver energy efficiency improvements.’  (Duggan et al., 2015)

UK Central Government

Central government has been a key driving force in the increased focus on mitigation of CO2 emissions, and energy performance from new and existing buildings. As well as setting macro-level targets such as the 2008 climate change act (Government, 2011), and the zero carbon homes policy (DCLG, 2006), the UK government has also increasingly favoured market based supplier obligations (Rosenow, 2012) and market subsidy schemes such as FIT and RHI (Connor et al., 2015). However the energy performance of new buildings and to a lesser extent existing buildings, has been legislated more directly through evolutions of Part L of the building regulations (Pan and Garmston, 2012). A list of these groups can be found in Table 1 .

Table 1 Central Government -Key ActorsOrganisationSector/StructureBrief descriptionRelevant roles/ activitiesDECC

Department for Energy and Climate ChangeCentral GovernmentShaping policy for issues surrounding climate change, including research on low carbon buildings

  1. Policies on Climate change, Energy, Renewables and Energy Efficiency

  2. Major source for policy relating to energy standards in buildingsDCLG

Department for Communities and Local GovernmentCentral GovernmentHas overall responsibility for planning, housing and building regulations; although these are devolved to Local planning authoritiesResponsibilities include

  1. Planning (PPS-> NPPF)

  2. Building regulations (Part L)

  3. Code for sustainable homesHCA

Homes and Communities AgencyCentral GovernmentThe Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) helps create successful communities by making more homes and business premises available to the residents and businesses who need them. They also regulate social housing providers in England.

  1. increasing the number of new homes that are built in England, including affordable homes and homes for market sale or rent

  2. improving existing affordable homes and bringing empty homes back into use as affordable housing

  3. increasing the supply of public land and speeding up the rate that it can be built on

  4. regulating social housing providers to make sure that they’re well managed and financially secure, so maintaining investor confidence in the affordable housing sector and protecting homes for tenants

  5. helping to stimulate local economic growth by using our land and investment, and attracting private sector investment in local areasOfgemCentral GovernmentOfgem is the regulator for the UK gas and electricity markets. Ofgem’s E-serve has responsibility for regulating an administering a number of the governments key policy initiatives in relation toAdministers UK energy efficiency and micro-generation  policies

  6. CERT

  7. ECO

  8. GREEN DEAL

  9. FIT & RHI

References

CONNOR, P. M., XIE, L., LOWES, R., BRITTON, J. & RICHARDSON, T. 2015. The development of renewable heating policy in the United Kingdom. Renewable Energy, 75, 733-744.

DCLG 2006. Building A Greener Future: Towards Zero Carbon Development – Consultation. In: GOVERNMENT, D. F. C. A. L. (ed.). London.

DUGGAN, C., JULIAN, C. & SAGAR, R. 2015. Out of the Cold: An Agenda for Warm Homes. In: RESPUBLICA (ed.) ResPublica Recommends.

GOVERNMENT, H. 2011. The Carbon Plan: Delivering our low carbon future.

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PAN, W. & GARMSTON, H. 2012. Building regulations in energy efficiency: Compliance in England and Wales. Energy Policy, 45, 594-605.

ROSENOW, J. 2012. Energy savings obligations in the UK—A history of change. Energy Policy, 49, 373-382.