WWF helps change UK law to make buildings more environmentally friendly | WWF

WWF helps change UK law to make buildings more environmentally friendly



Posted on 15 September 2004
The use of materials from independently certified well-managed sources, such as the FSC-certified wood used to make this door, reduces the impact of buildings on the environment.
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Godalming, UK - From today the UK government has new powers to address the sustainability of buildings for the first time.
 
A new WWF-sponsored Sustainable and Secure Buildings Act, introduced by Andrew Stunell MP, will provide the government with a host of new powers to tackle the harmful effect that homes and other buildings have on the environment.
 
England and Wales currently lag far behind other European countries in addressing this issue. The new act should help to redress the balance by, for example, requiring the use of materials that have a minimal impact on the environment, such as recycled or reclaimed materials or timber from independently certified well-managed sources.
 
WWF has supported the passage of this act through the UK Parliament as part of its One Million Sustainable Homes campaign. The goal of the campaign is to provide more people with the choice of living in a home that is healthier, safer, and cheaper as well as benefiting the environment.
 
Paul King, Director of WWF's One Million Sustainable Homes campaign, said: "WWF is delighted to have helped change the law governing building regulations. For the first time, we are able to seriously address the impact that all houses and other buildings have on the environment."
 
The new act will move issues of sustainability in housing from the margins to the heart of building legislation. However, WWF is calling for action to be taken to ensure that these new powers are used effectively. This can only be achieved by reviewing and upgrading building regulations as soon as possible. 

"The government must act immediately to amend building regulations so that they lay the foundations for sustainable development. Progress in this area is long overdue," added  Paul King. 
 
For further information: 
Rob McNeil 
Senior Press Officer, WWF-UK 
Tel: +44 1483 412375
E-mail: rmcneil@wwf.org.uk 
The use of materials from independently certified well-managed sources, such as the FSC-certified wood used to make this door, reduces the impact of buildings on the environment.
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