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GREEN AUDIT FOR HOUSES

Wilcon Homes has completed what it claims is the first environmental audit of a UK housebuilder. The figures show that 49 per cent of its output is built on previously developed land, below the government's 60 per cent target, and that each house it builds generates on average 10 tonnes of waste. Over the last year, the company says, the proportion of houses built using timber frames doubled from 21 per cent to 40 per cent of total production.

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