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Recession ‘no excuse’ for lower sustainability standards

Sir Bob Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Homes and Communities Agency has said that housebuilders and the supply chain needs to continue to focus on sustainability and that a recession is “no excuse” for housebuilders to lower their sustainability standards.

His comments come in the wake of a new study by NextGeneration, which found that housebuilders are continuing to focus on greater sustainability and that supply chains in the construction sector need to be made greener to boost overall sustainability.

In addition, the group, which includes leading organisations like WWF-UK and Jones Lang LaSalle, called for more government support for training of workers.

NextGeneration was launched in 2006 as an industry-driven initiative to drive best practice in sustainability into the heart of the UK’s residential development sector.

The latest report looks at the top 25 UK homebuilders’ approach to sustainability; between them they account for around 60% of annual output of housing stock.

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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