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The Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) has offered to provide leadership and advice to the construction industry on environmental planning.
It has launched an industry-wide consultation to find out if contractual provisions and guidance would help builders be more sustainable.
"As over 70 per cent of all building contracts are under a JCT form, we have an opportunity to gain consensus from, and perhaps provide leadership to, the industry to help improve its record on sustainability," said its secretary general, Professor Peter Hibberd.
The JCT’s briefing paper asks whether contractual provisions would be effective and which remedies could be found to prevent builders failing to meet sustainability targets.
Professor Hibberd said the sector was in broad agreement: "The construction industry generally appears to accept that something has to be done about sustainability."
Tory MP Michael Fallon announced the government’s Planning and Energy Bill in January, which proposed that builders should use more on-site energy sources.
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