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09 Jun 2009 02:06:07

Green builds failing to cope with climate change challenge

Green builds failing to cope with climate change challenge
The global market for low-carbon building materials is expected to rise significantly over the next several years, but growth in green building projects is still too slow.

That is according to the Green Register, which was responding to statistics from NextGen Research indicating that $571 billion (£354.9 billion) will be spent on green construction materials in 2013.

Lucy Pedler, director of the sustainable building practices promoter, suggested that the "slow but steady" growth in green builds is incapable of dealing with the challenges posed by climate change.

She said that more people are turning to low-carbon construction methods because of increased awareness of environmental issues and a desire to save money.

However, Ms Pedlar added: "It is not really new build we should concentrate on - the existing building stock will have to be radically altered to adapt to climate change."

The study by NextGen Research revealed that $455.3 billion (£282.2 billion) was spent on green building materials in 2008.

In April, chancellor Alistair Darling pledged £500 million to new housing projects in his 2009 Budget including £100 million for energy-efficiency schemes.



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