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Call for all buildings to be 10% recycled

At least 10% of new buildings will have to be made from recycled material if the Government adopts proposals put to it by an influential body this week.

The Sustainable Buildings Task Group, co-chaired by Environment Agency chairman Sir John Harman, called for a national code for construction.

The task-force was commissioned by the Government in October to develop an environmentally friendly approach to future building.

It concluded on Monday that more use of recycled materials and better waste-management was needed to avoid the unsustainable architecture of the 1960s.

The groups report calls for the Government to adopt a code that would enforce sustainability standards above those required by the Building Regulations.

It also asks the Government to lead by example by adopting the standards for all new constructions in the public sector.

Sir John said: We believe that the construction, development and house-building industries have not yet subscribed to much of the sustainability agenda.

The Code for Sustainable Buildings would provide them with a level playing field for quality buildings.

Co-chairman Victor Benjamin, deputy chairman of English Partnerships, added: This report should bring an end to the era of reviews.

It is now time for the Government and industry to take a cohesive approach in bringing this agenda forward and ensure that todays regeneration lasts longer than the new-build of the 60s.

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