A vast majority of the UK's small architecture and construction firms have failed to respond to the world's impending ecological crisis, an Environment Agency survey has concluded.
Researchers found just 13 per cent of construction firms questioned had taken 'practical measures' to limit the impact of their work on the environment.
The Environment Agency also said it was concerned that, of those that had changed their working practices for ecological reasons, only five per cent said business interests were the motivating factor.
The quango is anxious to persuade architecture and construction outfits that there are sound financial reasons to be environmentally friendly, rather than simple altruism.
However, the agency's chairman, John Harman, said he was also shocked that only 16 per cent of the survey's respondents could name any environmental regulation that had a direct impact on their work.