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published: 29/6/2011
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New developments to become more sustainable

A recent survey undertaken by BRE Global shows that over 40% of local authorities in the UK are specifying sustainable building policies in their plans which will shape the nature of planning policies. In Wales, the national government has specified the use of BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) throughout the country.

Chris Cousins, Local Government Liaison Manager for BRE Global, said: "Improving the environmental performance of our building stock is a national priority. It helps with reducing carbon emissions, making better use of scarce resources, and providing people with better places to live and work. It is good to see local authorities driving up standards in this way, using nationally recognised assessments to improve the built environment of their areas. Such an approach fits very well with the emphasis the Government is placing on Localism. Improving building standards will also trigger yet further improvements in the supply chain, as manufacturers and suppliers respond to the new demands; that presents a great opportunity for new ‘green jobs' and for the UK economy as a whole."

Earlier this month a conference for planners at BRE discussed the experiences of different local authorities in developing and implementing such policies. The demand from the event was so great that a second conference for local authority planners is to be held on 14 July. Only last week Bristol City Council adopted its local plan, which requires sustainable design and construction in new development, as the number of local authorities pressing for a more sustainable built environment continues to grow.


Press enquiries : MARTIN TOWNSEND, +44(0)1923 664676, townsendm@bre.co.uk

Notes for Editors

1          BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) is the world's leading design and assessment method for sustainable buildings, with over 200,000 buildings certified and over a million registered for certification since it was first launched in 1990. BREEAM sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become one of the most comprehensive and widely recognised measures of a building's environmental performance. Credits are awarded in nine categories according to performance. These credits are then added together to produce a single overall score on a scale of Pass, Good, Very Good, Excellent and Outstanding which is also reflected in a star rating from 1 to 5 stars http://www.breeam.org/.

2          BRE Global Limited (incorporating LPCB & BREEAM) is an independent third party approvals body offering certification of fire, security and sustainability products and services to an international market. BRE Global mission is to ‘Protect People, Property and the Planet' and is a trading subsidiary of the BRE Trust, the registered research and education charity which owns the BRE Group. For further information please contact: BRE Global, Garston, Watford, UK, WD25 9XX, Tel: +44 (0)1923 664100, Fax: +44 (0)1923 664910, Email: enquiries@breglobal.com or visit http://www.breglobal.com/



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