Former chief executive of the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA) Rodger Hills is pushing for the creation of a new body for the verification of sustainability credentials in the wake of industry-wide frustration with the Nationwide House Energy Ratings Scheme (NatHERS).

According to its mission statement, the Building Verification Council will be a quasi-regulatory body with the explicit goal of enabling the as-built performance of residential buildings to satisfy the sustainability and efficiency goals set by their designs. Hills has just resigned from the position of ABSA chief executive, citing difficulties in reconciling “incompatible views”…