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Construction focus for sustainability

CONSTRUCTION MINISTER Nick Raynsford this week launched the Government's largest ever consultation on the role of construction in sustainable development.

The report Opportunities for change: sustainable construction examines what steps can be taken to safeguard resources and focuses on construction procurement and management because of its impact on society and the environment.

Raynsford, launching the consultation which ends in September, said: 'The construction industry has a central role to play in realising the key benefits of sustainable development.'

The report follows a separate Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions announcement that it is to set up a national database of brownfield sites - recently renamed 'recycleable land' by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.

The move aims to encourage new building away from greenfield sites by identifying potential areas for redevelopment and is described as the first step towards constant assessment of brownfield sites.

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