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Industry to develop sustainable green paper

Industry leaders have vowed to join forces and pull together a comprehensive green paper on sustainable building for submission to the Government within a year.

Quintain Estates & Developments chief executive Adrian Wyatt will outline the proposal at the Low Carbon World Conference in London today.

Mr Wyatt – the founder of the Sustainable Environment foundation – said working groups had already formed across the property industry in order to produce the paper.

In his speech today, Mr Wyatt will tell delegates: "It is my passionate belief that the business model we use today in the property and development sector is fatally flawed.

"Without new ways of doing business, we will repeat the errors of the past and our one-off opportunity to rectify the issues we face in the built environment will be lost. We need joined up thinking in our policies and we are going to ensure our proposals work as a joined up whole."

The initiative has been supported by world-renowned architect and town planner Sir Terry Farrell and social entrepreneur Lord Andrew Mawson – who are both involved in the development of the Thames Gateway – as well as other major architects, planners, contractors and associated groups.