Mixed-use property development schemes can play an important role in helping the government move closer to its target of delivering zero carbon homes by 2016 and zero carbon non-domestic buildings by 2019, according to the British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC).
A statement from the organisation indicated that non-domestic buildings, such as shopping centres, can achieve significant emissions saving goals when build in conjunction with other types of buildings, like housing.
It says that shopping complexes are often the hub of low-carbon energy communities in current mixed-use schemes, helping domestic dwellings in these developments to meet their own energy-efficiency objectives.
Public Affairs Manager at the BCSC, Philippa Latimer, said: “Our members are already striving to reduce emissions, and they are completely up for the challenge that lies ahead.”
She added that the individual targets for domestic and non-domestic property should be considered in conjunction with one another as there is “no such thing as an isolated housing estate or a standalone commercial property development - the two go hand in hand”.
Latimer’s comments come after Housing and Planning Minister, Grant Shapps, announced that he will look at ways builders can make payments to fund community energy projects to meet their obligations to reduce carbon emissions from new homes.
This may give developers and councils greater freedom and flexibility to decide how to meet their zero-carbon obligations.
In response, the BCSC said: “Shopping centres fortified with low carbon Combined Heat and Power technologies are often the most effective way for domestic dwellings in a mixed-use scheme to meet their own low carbon objectives.”