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Pringle blasts ODA over 'limp' green targets

RIBA president Jack Pringle has taken a swipe at the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), claiming its green targets for the London 2012 Olympics are too lax.

Following the publication of the ODA's sustainability strategy, the Pringle chastised the Olympic body for not being stringent enough on its energy-efficiency goals for the Olympic Village.

Pringle said: 'The ODA should be going for gold with its green targets for the Olympic Village. This is a perfect opportunity to provide the most environmentally friendly homes possible, and show what Britain is capable of.

'Instead, the government and the ODA have been lapped by their own targets. They're not even in the race.'

The ODA sustainability strategy states that the Olympic Village will be 25 per cent more energy efficient than buildings built today. However, Pringle points out that the government is aiming to meet that target by 2010 - two years before the Games begin.

Pringle added that the government is also proposing that all new homes be 44 per cent more energy efficient by 2013, and carbon neutral by 2016.

The ODA claims that 20 per cent of the energy needed will be generated by on-site renewable sources; already the minimum permitted by mayor Ken Livingstone's London Plan.

Pringle called on the ODA to work alongside the RIBA to deliver 'fantastically designed and sustainable housing', adding that the Olympic Village should be design led.

'The RIBA competitions service provides an ideal way of finding talented designers who can produce world-class, energy-efficient houses and a wonderful legacy for the Games,' he said.

by Richard Vaughan

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