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Wales sets green standards for buildings

Carbon-cutting sustainable green standards for new buildings in Wales were announced by Welsh Assembly Environment, Sustainability & Housing Minister Jane Davidson today.

The move makes Wales the first part of the UK to set a national standard for sustainable buildings to be met through the planning system.

The innovative Welsh Assembly Government planning policy sets a national standard for sustainability for most new buildings proposed in Wales from the 1st September 2009.

For new homes this will:

  • reduce their carbon emissions by more than 31 per cent compared to current building regulations through energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy
  • reduce the consumption of water
  • use more sustainable materials

     

    “Making our buildings greener will play an important part in reducing our carbon footprint as the built environment is the largest contributor to greenhouse gasses in Wales,” said Davidson. “The way in which we construct our homes and buildings accounts for 40 per cent of our total carbon emissions. We need to do everything we can to make new buildings, from our homes through to our offices, as environmentally friendly as possible. The new policy will play a key role in achieving this.”

Housing proposals will be expected to meet the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 and non domestic buildings will be expected to meet the BREEM ‘Very Good’ standard as a minimum.

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