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New Environmental Audit Committee report echoes RIBA recommendations

Our response to the Committee's latest report, ‘Growing back better: putting nature and net zero at the heart of the economic recovery’.

17 February 2021

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today responded to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee’s report, ‘Growing back better: putting nature and net zero at the heart of the economic recovery’.

RIBA President, Alan Jones, said:

“I strongly welcome this report’s clear measures for green post-pandemic economic recovery.

Recommendations to front-load energy efficiency funding and set embodied carbon targets for all new homes echo our own calls to Government, as does the emphasis on tackling the energy inefficiency of our homes.

The recommended shift towards “green taxation” is also extremely positive. Our recently published ‘Greener Homes’ report makes a similar case for a sliding scale for Stamp Duty, where the most energy efficiency homes accrue significantly less tax than the least, to drive buyers to retrofit their homes.

These are critical recommendations and – only by adopting them – will the Government achieve green economic recovery.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

  1. Press contact: Abigail.Chiswell-White@riba.org or +44 (0) 20 7307 3811.
  2. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a global professional membership body that serves its members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment. Follow @RIBA on Twitter for regular updates.

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