Julie Hirigoyen is Chief Executive of the UK Green Building Council and a Commissioner for the London Sustainable Development Commission. She was previously UK Head of Sustainability and an International Director at JLL, where she oversaw the development of cutting-edge sustainability services to property investors and occupiers across the UK and EMEA. Julie sits on the Green Construction Board, the Igloo Sustainable Investment Advisory Committee and the Carbon Trust Advisory Panel. Julie previously chaired the British Property Federation’s Sustainability Committee.
It’s clear that this sector is increasingly viewed as a major opportunity for the government’s clean growth agenda
Clearly Northern Ireland’s scheme was open to abuse, but any incentivisation policy has to be carefully designed to balance attracting investment against cost to the public purse
We could be well on the way to achieving zero carbon homes if demanding standards were used to underpin ‘allowable solutions’
The government’s decision to delay ECO may bring short term relief to household budgets, but there are long-term social and environmental costs