18 Nov

Welsh eco-build aim backed

Welsh eco-build aim backed

Over 40 bodies have signed up to a pledge that is set to see homes in Wales being built to the highest ecological standards.

The agreement is to back the Welsh assembly government's aim of establishing a carbon-free built environment and today the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) announced it is signing up to it.

Other organisations to have done so include the design commission for Wales, the National House Building Council, Federation of Master Builders and CBI Wales.

Commenting on this support, Welsh assembly environment minister Jane Davidson noted that 45 per cent of all emissions in Wales come from buildings and stated: "It is vital that all our new buildings are energy-efficient and as green as possible."

Such moves could mean that first-time buyers moving into affordable new homes get to live in the greenest properties it is possible to achieve.

Yesterday the assembly announced an £80 million scheme to construct 400 eco-friendly homes across 22 sites in Wales.

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