UK to Set out New Guidelines for Sustainable Buildings

14 September 2008 (Last Updated September 14th, 2008 18:30)

Leading figures from across the construction and design industry will be working with the UK's Green Building Council (UK-GBC) over the next six months to lay out a code of practice for sustainable buildings, it was announced today. The task group includes representatives from Faber Ma

Leading figures from across the construction and design industry will be working with the UK's Green Building Council (UK-GBC) over the next six months to lay out a code of practice for sustainable buildings, it was announced today.

The task group includes representatives from Faber Maunsell, Prologis, Lend Lease and Ove Arup & Partners. The core group will also be supported by experts from within the UK-GBC's membership.

The high-profile names attached to the task force highlights the importance attached to the code for sustainable buildings, said GBC chief executive Paul King.

“We will be exploring what the industry needs in order to meet some very ambitious targets and deliver high quality, high value, sustainable buildings," he said. "The group will consider how a Code can provide a clear, robust, and holistic benchmark for what constitutes a 'sustainable building'."

The Royal Institute of British Architects also showed its support for the objectives of the group.

"We support the creation of this expert group wholeheartedly – particularly as it brings both sides of the supply chain together," said the institute's president Sunand Prasad

"The task for the group will be to investigate whether creating a Code for Sustainable Buildings is the right way to achieve what we all agree is the objective – to substantially reduce carbon emissions from all new buildings."

By Ozge Ibrahim