Last reviewed 19 October 2021

The Construction Innovation Hub has recognised that assessing the performance of a building or other asset during the procurement, design and construction phase remains a significant challenge for the industry.

It has responded to this challenge by producing guidance which defines operational energy and carbon dioxide emissions information exchanges for Government Soft Landings (GSL), and other soft landings projects, so that emerging performance can be made visible, enabling corrective actions to be taken, or energy penalties accepted.

Available here, the 50-page Energy and Carbon Reporting Framework defines when operational energy and emissions need to be analysed and reported at key gateways.

The reporting points have been mapped against the gateways of most common project frameworks used in construction and infrastructure projects where powered systems are used, including the 2020 RIBA Plan of Work, the UK BIM Framework (formalised in BS 8536 Parts 1 and 2) and BSRIA BG6:2018 A design framework for building services.

The guidance applies to all construction, infrastructure and civil engineering projects where powered systems are used. Its aim is to enable information to be managed, transparently and clearly, throughout the asset lifecycle so that it forms a record of what decisions are made and when.

It is supported by a spreadsheet tool which is being made freely available to all engineers and architects who opt to track operational energy and emissions during a construction project to provide the functionality necessary for the assessment of operational energy and carbon dioxide emissions as a project progresses through delivery and into operation.

This can be found here.