Headlines: June 1st, 1998

The DETR has begun a major consultation exercise with planners, builders and finance houses over changing Britain’s construction practices to make them more environment friendly.’Sustainable Construction’ is looking to make changes in the procurement processes for all forms of construction. It points to the Millennium Village as a flagship urban development scheme that sets the tone on sustainable construction. The village is part of the huge Greenwich project on a large greenfield site which the DETR says will be a showpiece of environmental sustainability, with quality urban design as well as leading edge thinking on energy and water efficiency, community facilities, and a radical approach to house building.

The closing date for the receipt of comments on the consultation is in September.