Let's find what you're looking for

    UK-GBC unveils plans to close
    green building 'performance gap'

    arrow Back to news 15th January 2016

    The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has unveiled its latest research initiative, designed to explore how building performance can be improved and refined through better design and construction methods.

    The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has unveiled its latest research initiative, designed to explore how building performance can be improved and refined through better design and construction methods.


    As part of its drive to ensure the nation’s commercial buildings live up to performance standards promised by developers The UK Green Building Council new project will examine how better design and construction practices can boost the performance of non-domestic buildings during their lifetime.


    In a statement the trade body alluded to growing evidence that buildings “all too often” fail to live up to predictions of building performance – a phenomenon known in the industry as the ‘performance gap’. A growing number of new buildings tend to use more energy and water than intended by developers.


    The task group’s research will seek to address this performance gap by considering alternative design and construction strategies.


    Julie Hirigoyen, chief executive, UK-GBC, hopes the initiative can deliver greener, more efficient properties: “Huge cost, carbon and productivity benefits can be gained through a closer focus on the performance of buildings as we design, construct and operate them.


    “Following the COP21 deal, this is just one of the ways in which the UK industry is showing its leadership and ambition.”


    The research topic has emerged from an earlier project that was slated to look at how the building sector could deliver a viable zero-carbon policy for new non-domestic buildings by 2019.


    The task group is hoping to report its findings by the end of April 2016.


    In terms of energy consumption, our skylights offer industry leading thermal efficiency. Our state-of-the-art U-value technology allows us to calculate the U-value of every single unit that leaves our factory.


    This, combined with our thermal breaks using two polyamide insulating sections, means we’re confident that any flat roof skylight that leaves our manufacturing facility is built to not only transform living spaces with abundant levels of natural daylight but the regulation of thermal performance too.


    Don’t just take our word for it though; we’re the UK’s only rooflight manufacturer to obtain the BSI Kitemark for a rooflight.

    Share this guide

    Want to know more

    If you want to know more about this or anything else then get in contact.

    Call us on 01922 714087

    Email sales@sunsquare.co.uk

    refine search


    28 April 2021

    Lowest U-Values in the skylight industry

    U-values are touted by companies as a selling point for their products. Until now, all skylight U-values are calculated in exactly the same was as a vertical window, which gives a false reading and misleads the client.

    Read morearrow
    The benefits of using BSI

    26 May 2020

    Desire for quality never stops

    In what has been one of the more traumatic times for British industry, Sunsquare, whilst not fully operational until beginning of May, have been busy during downtime. Our desire to continue to be the market leading in our field didn’t get locked down. Quite the opposite. Not only have we been testing product and designing, […]

    Read morearrow
    Self Cleaning Glass

    05 October 2019

    Thoughts on Brexit

    Obviously Sunsquare are not immune to industry trends, but it is comforting to see that the clients that have used our services over the recent turbulent months are citing quality and qualification as the reason for using the skylight budget with us.

    Read morearrow
    The importance of environmental management

    27 August 2019

    The Demise of a British Great | R.Durtnell and Sons Ltd

    We were very sad indeed to receive a letter a few days ago for the official receivers for R. Durtnell and Sons Ltd.

    Read morearrow
    Aero Pyramid Skylight

    10 August 2019

    Sing when you’re winning

    It’s been quite a few months for Sunsquare. New skylights launched, shows to shout about and a spanking new website to admire.

    Read morearrow
    Skylights and rooflights

    13 June 2019

    Another industry first for skylight pioneers Sunsquare

    Sunsquare has not only achieved the Kitemark accreditation for another 3 years, but the ISO9001 and ISO14001 accreditations with no non-conformities.

    Read morearrow

    Sunsquare Accessories

    Find out morearrow

    Sunsquare Skylights

    Find out morearrow

    Since 2004, Sunsquare Limited has been pioneering skylight design

    Call us on 01922 714087