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Why focus on Green Community Buildings?

A community building is any building dedicated to community use. This means village halls, community centres, church halls, Scout and Guide Huts, local reading rooms or any other building, rural, suburban or inner city, that the community uses.

Energy efficiency and sustainable building management are key elements of international efforts to mitigate climate change. For many community buildings, energy bills also represent the highest single cost of running the building, and this, along with improving customer comfort, is central to protecting the future of community buildings.

Most other types of building have specific guidance and advice available, but despite the fact that there are over 22,000 community buildings in England alone [JRF and Community Matters] up to the formation of Green Community Buildings there has been no specific sustainable guidance for this sector.