The original Standard Document Suite was launched in 2021 to address new buildings and major refurbishment.
In August 2023, the scope of the Standard was extended to add the transition of existing buildings to meet their net zero deadlines to the original focus on new buildings. Subsequently, documents in this suite will be progressively re-released to reflect this.
The legacy documents released in 2021 that remain relevant to new buildings and to large or complex construction interventions on existing buildings, are included on this page.
Participants should note that the approach to existing buildings allows them considerably more flexibility to adjust their scope and targets than is the case for new buildings. This is not stated in documents dating from 2021 and Participants should be mindful of the changes in the Standard when using them.
The order in which these documents will be re-released will be demand-driven and Participants are encouraged to get in touch to discuss their Project-specific needs for documents to be updated or new documents produced. Major revisions to the Standard are anticipated to take place every five years from 2025.
The Requirements document sets out the key Objectives, sub-criteria, targets and other elements that must be achieved to enable a Participant's Declaration of Compliance with the Requirements of the Standard.
The Guide empowers local authorities to set out how their Net Zero policies can be furthered by Projects that adopt the Standard in their local authority areas. This could range from raising awareness of area based energy efficiency schemes and setting out Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Strategies to Net Zero Deadlines.
The Standard Document Suite's Tools and Templates are intended to support Participants to articulate their approach to setting targets, check designs’ progress against targets; to review in-use performance and other activities to progress the adoption of the Standard on Projects.
The first step towards adopting the Standard is to complete a Project Registration Form and email it to email@example.com. The form is available as both a standalone Word document and as a tab on the ‘Activity and Compliance Tracker’ Excel Workbook. Completing the Form in the workbook integrates it into reporting activities.
The Training Resources includes Overview Modules that provide an introduction to the Standard and roles such as the Inclusive Net Zero Champion supplemented by six detailed modules, each dedicated to one of the Standard’s six Objectives.