7 Apr

Green methods 'not just applicable to new towns'

Green methods 'not just applicable to new towns'

While the new eco-towns announced by the government may be able to provide environmentally-astute properties, efforts such as these should be put into all new homes, it has been claimed.

Friends of the Earth's Paul de Zylva stated that these towns should be a "blueprint" for future designs and that the "highest" standards ought to be adhered to.

Moreover, he demanded to know how existing carbon emissions will be reduced in the future and asked the government should reveal how it will do this.

"The government must prioritise this area and make it cheaper and easier for people to green their homes and invest in energy saving and clean renewable technologies such as solar panels," he commented.

At present, these homes are responsible for a quarter of carbon emissions in the UK, he added.

Last week, the Federation of Master Builders suggested that renovating empty homes could be a better way to help the environment than eco-towns.

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