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Rowntree report calls for tightening of energy regs

Revolution rather than evolution is needed in building regulation to cut energy use in housing, according to a report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation*. Timed to be part of the current DETR rethink on energy regulations, the report proposes a 10-year programme to achieve cuts in energy use of 60-90 per cent. It acknowledges that the changes required would need a change in public attitudes.

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