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Call for greener Building Regulations

BUILDING REGULATIONS must be revised if environmental considerations are to play a greater part in building design and construction, an influential government body claimed this week.

The British Government Panel on Sustainable Development targeted the environmental impact of building in its fourth report.

Pointing out that the use of recycled materials in all aspects of buildings will make an important contribution to reducing the sectors impact on the environment, it adds: There is also a need to reduce the waste products generated in the construction of buildings.

It recommends that government revises Building Regulations to include guidance on the use of recycled materials, and reduction and disposal of waste in construction.

The report claims that architects often design buildings with little regard to environmental consequences. Engineers are then hired to provide services which also have environmental impact. The government, it says, must use the Building Regulations to create consultative bodies which bring all concerned into a close and continuous working relationship.

To help improve the industrys environmental record, the Panel also declares that the products and services of the now privatised Building Research Establishment should continue to be available to professionals on a subsidised basis.

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