A new report released by the Climate Action Tracker group revealed that the carbon emissions from buildings increased by more than double between 1990 and 2010. The overriding factor in this increase was said to be down to the increase in electricity usage.

The group monitors 32 countries’ emissions and policies and their impact on global warming. New Zealand was lagging behind in reducing the greenhouse gas emissions from buildings and construction when compared to the other developed countries.

Andrew Eagles, chief executive of Green Building Council, suggested that the buildings in New Zealand tended to be poorly insulated and they needed to reduce heat loss out of buildings and homes. Another way to limit emissions would be using alternative materials or less carbon-intense production techniques as the process of producing steel and concrete created a large amount of CO2.

There at present more demand for energy-efficient buildings from tenants who are looking to reduce costs. Bayleys Real Estate Director Lloyd Budd said that the power bill could be reduced simply by changing traditional ligtinh for LEDs. Airlines, major corporates and large corporate international occupiers are also looking for energy-efficient buildings for brand benefits.

As indicated by the report’s findings, there is a need for the New Zealand government to step in. Without government intervention it is feared otherwise that the target of carbon neutrality by 2050 might not be achieved. The government needs to implement the right policy and introduce strict building standards so that the new buildings could be built with zero emissions.

Via RNZ. Read the full article here.