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Sustainability Bill clears next hurdle

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A private members bill that would put sustainability at the heart of the Building Regulations has cleared its second reading in the Commons.

The Sustainable and Secure Buildings Bill - sponsored by Andrew Stunnell MP and backed by the WWF - would introduce regulations relating to sustainability into the 1984 Building Act for the first time.

It would increase the powers of building inspectors to demand sustainability and crime reduction measures in all new, extended and altered buildings.

The WWF's head of public affairs, Stuart Poore, told the AJ he was excited the bill had cleared the hearing, because 'it means we stand a very good chance of getting it into law'.

'This is a very important part of our One Million Sustainable Homes campaign because currently the Building Regs act as something of a barrier, ' he said.

'Even if most of the measures get lost in the Commons committee stage or in the Lords we will still have achieved a lot.'

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