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English Partnerships is introducing new development standards to reduce carbon emissions by up to 30 per cent from property which is to be built on its land in Peterborough - one of the UK's four Environment Cities which is home to a growing 'cluster' of environmental firms and organisations.

The standards have been devised by the Building Research Establishment (BRE). English Partnerships, Peterborough's biggest landowner, is adopting them for all new retail, office and industrial buildings built on its land. It has stated that a 'Very Good' rating must be achieved under the BRE's Environmental Assessment Method which can include factors such as energy efficiency, transportation, pollution and water-use measures.

Paul Griffiths, business development manager, said: "Peterborough is becoming a centre of excellence for environmental business and culture and it is appropriate that we should help it take the lead with its property development. We have always imposed conditions in our development briefs for housing and commercial buildings that have resulted in higher than average levels of sustainability, so we have a track record of pushing the frontiers forward.

"We aren't just looking at building materials or insulation. Commercial developers are gradually switching to the idea that environmentally friendly properties can offer benefits that are very attractive to purchasers and tenants. These can include cost benefits, such a lower utility bills, as well as providing benefits in the form of a more pleasant working environment."

Griffiths stresses that the standards are flexible and not meant to stifle building or put unnecessary financial burdens on developers. The initiative is in line with a report entitled 'Energy Review' produced by the Performance and Innovation Unit (PIU) and commissioned by the Prime Minister. The report examines the long-term challenges for energy policy in the UK and highlights that climate change has become a central aspect of energy policy.

May 2002




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