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MPs examine green office refits

Members of Parliament are meeting to discuss new green building upgrades, it has been reported.

The All Party Urban Development Group will meet with eco-experts and property specialists to assess how commercial property can lessen its impact on the environment.

Hilary Reid Evans, head of sustainability initiatives at Quintain, said: "We need some innovative and joined-up thinking to ensure we meet this challenge, including a fresh look at capital allowances, fiscal incentives and the planning regime."

She joins Allan Jones, chief executive officer of the London Climate Change Agency and Paul King, chief executive, UK Green Building Council as witnesses, which the group will question.

Leading the parliamentary group is Labour MP, Clive Betts, who is joined by Nick Raynsford, the former construction minister.

Mr Betts, speaking on BBC’s Today programme, said: "If we set targets how do we provide incentives for business to meet them? Business also has a responsibility to our society, so we want to find what plan of action is best."ADNFCR-1329-ID-18594310-ADNFCR

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