Sustainable building code set for 2006
A new code on sustainable building could be in operation by 2006.The code is to be drawn up on the recommendations of the sustainable buildings task group, as reported in Inside Housing (21 May).The best practice code is set to be completed by the end of 2005, and will be rolled out nationally throughout 2006. A first draft is expected to be available in time for the Sustainable Communities Summit, due to be held in Manchester in January.Project and senior steering groups will be set up by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott to draft the code. The code will set standards for energy and water efficiency. It will apply to new buildings and guide improvement to existing housing.Sheila Button, a member of the sustainable buildings task group, said: ‘It was quite important that something came out of the recommendations which enabled the industry to tackle greater sustainability in existing buildings.'The public sector is expected to lead the way by following the code when developing and in procurement.Victor Benjamin, deputy chair of English Partnerships and co-chair of the task group, said: ‘The group wants to see an urgent change in the way our buildings are constructed and maintained in order to avoid the mistakes of the disastrous 1960s building boom.'