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CABE calls for public buildings reform

Architectural watchdog CABE has called for radical changes in the way public buildings are procured and built if the government is to hit its target of all new non-domestic buildings to be zero-carbon by 2019.

The watchdog called for an overhaul in the way all public buildings are procured and built if the government's target, announced in last week's Budget, is to be met.

It claimed most of the average individual's personal footprint of CO2 emissions come from shared public buildings and, if achieved, the 2019 aim could save around 75 million tonnes of CO2 over the next 30 years.