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I see the Home Builders Federation has agreed to join forces with the Prince's Foundation, placing traditional design at its heart.

As a structural engineer who works with all kinds of housing I hope that architectural design can improve on what we have seen in the past 25 years. Bearing in mind the Georgian or Victorian periods, not to mention the 1930s and even the 1960s, I suggest the general standard has dropped to an all-time low.

But tell us, does the Prince's Foundation think a house can be 'traditional' without, for instance, chimney stacks? And, looking forward, will home builders be able to build houses that look 'traditional' but stylish, and emit no carbon by 2016, as Chancellor Brown wants?

Jeffery Smith, Jeffery Smith Associates

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