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We need clear guidance on green building

Without clarity from the government, the recession could damage sustainable architecture

The last six months of 2008 were grim for everyone, and the economic situation will probably get worse before it gets better. Hardly surprising, then, that some are asking if the writing is on the wall for sustainability.

I've been encouraged by how many architects, engineers and developers are maintaining the momentum on green building. When polled, almost a third of UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) members said sustainability had kept its place on their agenda. Remarkably, over 55 per cent said they were more committed to it now than they were six months ago.

There is a high degree of political consensus, in the UK and across Europe, on the need for regulation to raise the bar for greener buildings. There is a growing acceptance in the construction industry that sustainability is not going away, and those who are able to invest now and plan accordingly for future regulation will be better off when we come out of this downturn.

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