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GBE 2000 to date (Chronology) G#1019 N#1038

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GBE 2000 to date Chronology

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2000 Global Population: 6.1 billion, Atmospheric CO2: 369 ppm, Temperature Rise: 0.53 degrees C

2000 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set

  • (See 2012 SDGs)

2000 UK Sustainable Development Commission

  • set up to advise government on sustainable development (See 2011)

2000 November

  • GPG 304 The Purchaser’s guide to energy efficient buildings for industry
    • Helps the development of the Client’s Brief with the questions that need to be asked to the design team.
    • Energy efficiency best practice programme
    • Read with GPG 303 December 2000
  • This only addresses a small segment of the Green issues: Energy, but they are a good approach for many other issues
  • And it was published before our mainstream industry learned much about competent buildings, airtightness, appropriate materials for application, etc. if they have learned since then.

2000 December

  • GPG 303 The Designer’s guide to energy efficient buildings for industry
    • Helps drive the design team by answering how to satisfy the questions in the Design Brief
    • Energy efficiency best practice programme
    • Read with GPG 304 November 2000
  • This only addresses a small segment of the Green issues: Energy, but they are a good approach for many other issues
  • And it was published before our mainstream industry learned much about competent buildings, airtightness, appropriate materials for application, etc. if they have learned since then.


2001 Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) (See 1997)

  • Involve partnership projects to reduce GHG emissions through the use of:
  • – clean technology,
  • – environmental best practice
  • – afforestation and reforestation projects
  • – developed countries sponsor projects in developing-world host countries for a share of the certified GHG emission reductions generated in each project
  • Now that there is money to be made many countries previously opposed to the Kyoto Protocol are beginning to take a positive interest and adopting a positive stance in this new economic imperative

2001    Carbon Trust formed

  • Like Energy Saving Trust for Houses, Carbon Trust is an advisory body to support industry and big business

21st November: NGS National Green Specification launched

  • at Construction Resources premises


2002    World Green Building Council (WGBC) founded

2002    Cradle to Cradle Book Published


2003 April Website

  • Founded and funded by BrianSpecMan
  • Edited by Sandy Patience
  • Launched at RIBA Sustainable Futures Committee

2003    London Congestions Charge Introduced



2005    Millennium Ecosystems Assessment published

Report Highlighted human strain on ecosystems and the need to reverse the degradation

2005    EU Emissions Trading Scheme introduced


2006    Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) established

  • Government commitment that all new homes would be zero carbon by 2016.
  • CSH was drawn up, operational from 2007 and temporarily mandatory from 2008, withdrawn 2015

2006    Stern Review of the Economics of Climate Change

  • Commissioned by Government then ignored by Government

2006 Tesla proposed a radical new approach to battery technology.

  • Rapid charging of batteries is now possible
  • Their early success in the field served as inspiration for other manufacturers.
  • Other leading manufacturers looking to them for guidance.
  • Their high performance sporty cars were aimed at the affluent.
  • Tesla is now a household name.
  • (Autotrader ’21)


2007    Planning and Climate Change

  • Planning Policy Statement supplement to PPS1

2007    Building Regulations Approved Document L tightened:

to achieve 2016 goal

25% reduction by 2010, 44% reduction by 2013

Creating more new homes that need energy refurbishments throughout life.


2008    Committee on Climate Change (CCC) established

2008    Climate Change Act

All new buildings to be Zero carbon by 2019

2008    Zero Carbon Hub (ZCH) established

A non-profit organisation formed to achieve UK Government target of Zero Carbon Homes


2009    Copenhagen Climate Change Summit

Limits temperature rise to 2 degrees centigrade above pre-industrial levels and possibly 1.5 degrees centigrade.

2009    Prosperity without Growth published written by Tim Jackson

2009-2013 Battery prices for electric cars dropped by 50% in just a four-year period.

  • This made electric cars more affordable and attainable than ever before.
  • (Autotrader ’21)


2010    Ellen MacArthur Foundation is launched

  • Following her solo global circumnavigation and having experienced first hand floating plastics pollution in the oceans
  • Ellen using her fame to start a campaign that has grown to a major influencer

2010 Nissan Leaf all-electric car was launched.

  • This was the first all-electric car to be commonly seen on roads across the world.
  • It has zero emissions from its tailpipe, making it very popular with drivers with a more eco-friendly mindset.
  • (Autotrader ’21)


2011    Green Construction Board formed

2011    Natural Capital Committee formed

2011    Sustainable Development Commission closed after 11 years


2012    Rio+20 UN Conference

Member states decided to launch a process to develop as set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which will build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and converge with the post 2015 development agenda.

2012 Practically no EVs on UK roads

  • (Autotrader ’21)

2012 November 24: First page of NGS National Green Specification Website created


2013 April 27: First public announcement of NGS website:

(via twitter, linkedIn, facebook)

Future Events page

2013 June 12: NGS website 1000th page created

2013 July 18: LEED announced inclusion of C2C principles into its EAM

2013 September 30: Deadline for London Stock Exchange listed Companies to adopt mandatory GHG Reporting.

2013 September 31: This website 7723 new pages or updates to existing pages

2013 November 8: Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Philippines,

  • Record breaking wind speeds
  • 11 million people have had their lives torn apart.
  • 800,000 people are displaced
  • at least 10,000 are dead
  • Homes are flattened and bridges are gone.
  • It’ll take two months to restore electricity to the coastal city of Tacloban.
  • “In Tacloban everything is flattened. Bodies litter the street, many, many of which are children. From what I saw, two out of every five bodies was that of a child.”
  • Lynette Lim, part of Save the Children’s team in Tacloban City
  • The millions of children and adults urgently need food, water and shelter.

2013    Construction Leadership Council (CLC) formed

Set Key targets for Construction 2025

2013    RIBA Plan of Work 2013

2013    Global Waste on Pace to Triple by 2100


2014    Workplace trends in office space: implications for future office demand.

2014 EV Model Choice

  • There were over 20 pure electric and 35 electric-hybrid models available to choose from.
  • (Autotrader ’21)


2015 March GreenBuildingEncyclopaedia

  • Marketing Strategy and new Website commissioned

2015    Rethinking finance in a circular economy.

2015    Europe’s circular economy opportunity.

2015    UN Sustainable Development Goals (See 2012)

  • A blueprint to achieve a better more sustainable future for all.
  • It addresses global challenges including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degredation, prosperity, and peace and justice; with a target to achieve all Goals by 2030.

2015    National Infrastructure Commission established

2015    Code for Sustainable Homes withdrawn

  • Made non-mandatory unless required in a local authority’s local plan

2015 September 8th GreenBuildingEncyclopaedia

  • GBE goes live to Google, other webbots and spiders.

2015    Paris Agreement

  • Non-binding agreements signed limiting greenhouse gas emissions.

2015 December 12th

  • COP21 almost 200 countries came to an historic agreement to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees with a target of 1.5 degrees.
  • There will be 5 yearly check-ups on progress and new targets to enable the goal to be met.
  • But we have to remember that is a group of politician, who by their own track record cannot be trusted with publicly accepted moral standards, telling the truth or keeping their word.
  • The UK Government has a blatant disregard for people over business and profits.
  • So we must hold them accountable at every stage from now onwards.


2016    From waste to resource productivity Report.

2016    UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

World Wide Extraction of Materials Triples in Four Decades, Intensifying Climate Change and Air Pollution.

2016    UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in effect

2016    Zero Carbon Hub closed

Government cut funding, but documents still available.


2017    Donut Economics published

2017    Clean Growth Strategy

2017    Industrial Strategy: Building a Britain fit for the future

UK HM Government


2018    Global Population: 7.7 billion, Atmospheric CO2: 411 ppm, Temperature Rise: +1.00 degrees C

2018    IPPC Sets temperature Increase limit

Report recommending a maximum 1.5 degrees C increase in temperature over pre-industrial levels

2018    Greta Thunberg began School Strike for Climate

2018    Extinction Rebellion founded

2018    Global Climate Action Summit

National governments called to join forces to step up climate action ahead of 2020 – the year when global greenhouse gasses need to peak and fall sharply, to therefore avoid the worst impacts of climate change

2018    UK Government Approves Fracking

2018    Industrial Strategy: Construction Sector Deal.

UK HM Government

2018    A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment

UK HM Government     .

2018    Monthly Statistics of Building Materials and Components.


2018    Circular Economy: What we want to know and can measure.

Potting J., Hanemaaijer A., Delahaye R., Ganzevles J., Hoekstra R. and Lijzen J.


2019    Climate Change Act amended

UK Government requires 100% Net Zero Carbon by 2050

2019    UK Declares Climate Emergency:

Legally bound to deliver Net Zero Carbon Britain by 2050

2019    RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge

2019    COVID pandemic begins

2019    UN Climate Summit

The latest analysis shows that, if we act now, we can reduce carbon emissions within 12 years and hold the increase in global average temperature to well below 2 degrees C and even, as advised by the latest science, to 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels.

2019    IPBES Report on Biodiversity decline published

2019    Fracking Moratorium UK Government announcement

2019    Circular Economy: Implementation of the Circular Economy Action Plan.

European Commission en.htm

2019    The Circular Gap Report 2019.

2019    UK Statistics on Waste.

Defra and Government Statistical Service Waste_statistical_notice_March_2019_ rev_FINAL.pdf

2019    Circular Economy Policy and Advocacy.


2019    Park 20|20

Delta Development Group


2020    Need to retrofit 1000 properties per day until 2050 to meet 2050 NZC targets


2021    UK Environment Bill

  • Biodiversity increase by 10%
  • 2030 All new Buildings must be Net Zero Carbon
  • 2050 All existing building stock to be Net Zero Carbon

2021    COP26 Glasgow Global Climate Change Summit

  • Last chance for Global Leaders to wake up, and get on with their job, fund our way our of this mess

2021 over 515,000 electric cars registered in the UK

  • This is a staggering increase from 2012, when there were practically none.
  • (Autotrader ’21)

2021 Ofgem recent study:

GBE Chronology Future: 2030

2030 EV Projections:

  • Ofgem go on to estimate that as many as 18 million electric cars could be on British roads by the time of the ban on internal combustion engines in 2030.
  • (Autotrader ’21)

GBE Chronology Sources:

  • AJ Architects Journal
  • BBA British Board of Agrément
  • BBC British Broadcasting Corporation
  • EHP Hadley Centre
  • European Project for the ice Coring in Antarctica (EPICA)
  • Future Build 2020 Poster 31/10/2019
  • Guardian Newspaper
  • Mauna Loa Laboratory
  • NASA
  • Autotrader 2021

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18th July 2013 – 2nd September 2021


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See Also:

GBE Chronology

  • Pre 1999 (Chronology)
  • 2000 to date (this page)

GBE Jargon Buster

  • Chronology
  • Green Chronology


  • Green Chronology
  • Green is the Colour

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