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19May94 UK: GROWING MARKET FOR GREEN BUILDERS.

Clients will be demanding buildings that are more environmentally friendly, creating a major market opportunity as the millennium draws to a close.That was the message Martin Laing, chairman of John Laing, this week sought to impress on delegates from 20 countries at the first international conference on building and the environment.He said: 'The major new UK, EU and international markets beckon for those suppliers whose products meet the demands of future legislation.'And he estimated that the global market for environmental technology would grow to £400 billion by the end of the decade.There was already evidence of a shift in attitudes, said Mr Laing.He cited one client who spent an extra £10,000 to change from a CFC blown insulation material to an environmentally friendly alternative.He said that energy labelling of construction materials was just a few years away. This would detail how much energy a brick or sheet of glass consumed during manufacture. CONSTRUCTION NEWS