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PART Z – Campaign for Embodied Carbon Regulation hits a snag

The Carbon Emissions (Buildings) Bill, which sought to introduce a new ‘Part Z’ to the Building Regulations, was withdrawn just days before its second reading in Parliament.

Duncan Baker MP, who proposed the bill, has now moved to the Department for Levelling Up Housing and Communities (DLUHC) which is responsible for Building Regulations. This move means he can no longer continue to pursue private member’s bills on a topic related to that department.

Part Z proposes two things: first, whole-life carbon emissions to be reported on all major building projects; and second, for upfront embodied carbon limits to be set for those projects based on data from the first.

It was authored by five climate experts, Institution of Structural Engineers head of climate action Will Arnold, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios associate architect Tim den Dekker, University of Strathclyde chancellor’s fellow Jannik Giesekam, Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers technical manager Julie Godefroy and architect Simon Sturgis. The proposal has the support of many big names in the construction industry including Cundall, Laing O’Rourke, Mott MacDonald, Willmott Dixon, Arcadis, WSP and Arup.

Duncan Baker MP attended the Part Z launch event on 22nd March and remains supportive of the carbon emissions agenda, although the bill will now need another MP to champion its progress from scratch.

You can see the full proposed Part Z here: https://part-z.uk/proposal

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