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Welsh Public Buildings 'Must Be Greener'

Magazine article Public Finance

Welsh Public Buildings 'Must Be Greener'

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The Welsh Government has published planning guidance for greener new buildings just as the public sector in Wales comes under fire for failing to minimise the environmental effects of its existing properties.

Environment Minister Jane Davidson published technical advice for sustainable buildings on June 4 and a second edition of the Welsh planning policy framework on June 8.

The guidance for planners will require most new buildings in Wales to have 31% fewer carbon emissions than is currently allowed.

They will also have to use less water and more sustainable materials.

Davidson said: 'The main driver for this consolidated version oí Planning Policy Wales is to further embed the need to tackle climate change into the planning system.'

She said failure to address climate change would make planning for sustainable development impossible.

Roisin Willmott, director of the Royal Town Planning Institute Cymru, said the RTPI Very much supported' the approach in Wales, which looked at making buildings more efficient to run, as well as using renewable energy. …

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