Heavyweights from the property and construction industries have written to the government urging it to ‘raise the bar’ on environmental standards in new buildings. Organised by the UK Green Buildings Council, more than 50 business leaders – including the heads of some of the country’s largest construction firms – have signed an open letter urging energy secretary Greg Clark and housing secretary Sajid Javid to address a significant policy gap in the field of energy efficient buildings. The letter writes that the construction and property sectors stand “ready to deliver on bold targets for energy performance and low carbon solutions”, but warns that the two sectors require urgent medium- and long-term policy certainty if they are to do so. It stresses that the industries are in agreement with the government’s own independent climate watchdog the Committee on Climate Change, which in its official response to the government Clean Growth Strategy said that new building standards needed to be tightened without further delay.
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