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Leading firms join green watchdog

Two major practices have signed up to a new initiative which aims to promote green construction in Britain.

BDP and Bennetts Associates have joined the new UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), which is aiming to become the pre-eminent organisation in the crowded world of green construction watchdogs.

The 20 founding UKGBC members - which also include engineer Battle McCarthy and the BRE - have pledged £30,000 each over the first two years of its life so it can be fully launched by spring 2007.

The initiative is a conscious effort to mimic the US Green Building Council, which has been credited with recent successes on the other side of the pond promoting environmentally friendly construction.

The founding members agreed that the role of the UKGBC was to act as a champion

for sustainable buildings by:

dramatically improving the built environment;

developing and enhancing the UK's world-class position in sustainable building design; and

transforming the market for 'sustainable' products.

It was also agreed that the BRE would act as the secretariat.

by Ed Dorrell

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