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Consultation for construction framework

A new consultation aims to provide the Government with a framework to guide future sustainable progress in the construction industry.

The draft Strategy for Sustainable Construction Report 2006 consultation will focus on the principle of sustainable development, with waste minimisation a key consideration.

As an update to the existing Building a Better Quality of Life it will seek views from key construction stakeholders on the direction they think the industry should take with a view to developing and maintaining a more sustainable future.

The consultation was launched by Minister of state for industry and regions Alun Michael, who said: “The purpose of the review is to create a framework within which the industry can continue to make a strong contribution to improving the quality of our lives and take account of the dynamics of the modern built environment.”

Following on from last years report and the work of the European Union to re-appraise its Sustainable Development Strategy, the new consultation will work to integrate economic, social and environmental considerations such as reducing the amount of waste created.

Michael added: “This consultation shows where we think the industry should go in terms of its future development as well as indicating where businesses believe their efforts should be concentrated. I hope that the strategy will encourage industry to propose a positive response to some of the big questions it faces.”

As well as waste minimisation, the consultation will also look at building design and the code for sustainable homes, new construction methods and best practice, improved embedded energy systems and the enhancement of biodiversity.

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