Monday, February 01, 2010

100's of buildings to be torn down to reach carbon emission standards

Following an interview with The Times and the Government's new chief construction adviser The Times online reports that many sixties and seventies buildings which fill British towns will have to be demolished as they do not meet carbon emission standards.

Paul Morrell, who took up his new post at the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills at the end of November last year, said, “In the Sixties, everything was built cheaper, faster and nastier. If you are going to try to fix buildings, then really you won’t have too many problems with anything built earlier than the Fifties or after the Eighties. Although you can do some things to buildings from the Sixties and Seventies, like replacing the roofs, there are probably some places that need to come down entirely." According to the British Property Federation, property is responsible for 50 per cent of the UK’s carbon emissions. Mr Morrell is in charge of reaching the governments target to cut UK carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.

Times Online

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