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RIBA to push sustainability at design champions meeting

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The RIBA was celebrating this week after a delegation led by president Paul Hyett came away from a meeting with arts minister Baroness Blackstone with a useful invitation. The institute will press the importance of sustainability to all government's design champions in the new year.

Hyett met Blackstone for a short introductory session last Thursday and convinced her to get design champions supremo Lord Falconer to invite the RIBA to the meeting in January or February. Government liaison officer Jonathan Labrey said the presentation will be made by Hyett and will press the importance of the issue on public sector buildings. It is likely to follow the agenda as set out by energy adviser Peter Smith.

Hyett also broached the issue of having an overarching national architecture policy, which Blackstone is now considering, while the RIBA president also emphasised the profession's difficulties with the PFI process, asking for 'refinements' to be made.

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