21 Sep

Low carbon properties 'are the future'

Low carbon properties 'are the future'

The property market will be distinctly different once the UK has come out of the recession, with non-carbon homes a government priority, according to one construction expert.

Brian Berry, director of external affairs for trade association the Federation of Master Builders, said that all the main parties have shown a clear commitment to creating a low-carbon built environment.

His comments may take on new significance in the light of Peter Mandelson's announcement at a meeting of the Strategic Forum for Construction last week, where he revealed that he is commissioning a review of the construction industry to ensure it is "fit for purpose" for delivering a low-carbon future.

"The challenge is for the construction industry to respond to that and think about its processes so that in terms of innovation and creativity, it can actually pick up on the new market opportunity," stated Mr Berry.

A legally-binding target of at least an 80 per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 was included in the Climate Change Act of 2008.

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