The New Governance for Low-Carbon Buildings: Mapping, Exploring, Interrogating
26 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2016
Date Written: March 29, 2016
Acknowledging the limitations of traditional, mandatory governance instruments (building codes, planning legislation) to achieve low-carbon buildings, governments, firms and other organisations have been experimenting with alternatives. This trend has become known as the ‘new governance’. This article brings together 50 new governance instruments to better understand what this new governance for low-carbon buildings looks like, and what may be expected from it. It finds that new governance instruments fall short in exactly the same areas as do traditional instruments. It argues for a change in application of new governance instruments along three paths to improve their performance.
Keywords: environmental performance, governance, low-carbon buildings, building regulations
JEL Classification: K32
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