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Standard must be reached for sustainability

18 March 2011 No Comment

A universal standard should be set for the sustainability of buildings, according to one industry expert, cited on TaylorVinters.com.

The chief executive of the British Property Federation, Liz Peace, made the comment at the recent MIPIM 2011 conference – a trade show held to discuss and debate the world’s real estate. Peace did admit that some efforts had been put in place to help unify the sustainability of properties, but that political representatives throughout the world had to use an effective, partnership approach in improving it further.


She told delegates at the conference: “Industry is crying out for a truly universal, international approach to measuring and assessing sustainable buildings.”

“We would urge governments to stop dithering, and agree on an effective and easy to use approach,” said the executive on Click Green.

“The property industry is doing a great deal to put its house in order, but the lack of any universal or even widely-accepted set of measures… means some of this effort may be wasted.”

Universal widely-accepted set of measures

If measures are implemented, buildings across the world could make use of techniques such as steel cladding or rainscreen cladding to improve their sustainability and eco-friendly status.

Products such as these could support the industry itself taking the initiative and working towards standardisation; something another industry professional, Che Wall, claimed was the way ahead.

Wall argued that it was the industry itself that had to drive the initiative, not politicians – stating: “This is too important an area to be left to the policy makers.”

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