The UK lacks the skills to produce low-carbon buildings, according to a report by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
These issues need to be addressed, as does awareness in the sector to meet its target of reducing carbon emission by 80% by 2050, the report says.
The report has been authored by Doug King, who is also the founder of King Shaw Associates and a visiting professor in building engineering physics at the University of Bath.
He points out that the building energy regulations are not consistent with the construction sector's ability to deliver zero-carbon new buildings by 2020.
King called for the introduction of a new discipline: building engineering physics.
The new discipline of study will probe areas of natural science relating to the energy performance of buildings and their indoor and outdoor environments.