New rules proposed for construction carbon

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United Kingdom

New regulations should be introduced for construction to avert the risk of missing net-zero goals, the UK Green Building Council has warned.

The body’s Net Zero Whole Life Carbon Roadmap – published to coincide with Built Environment Day at the COP26 climate summit – has called for legislation to limit the damage development does to the environment both in construction and use. It recommended regulation of both the operational and embodied carbon emissions from new buildings. Embodied carbon is a term relating to the CO2 created in the production of materials.

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