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Govt sets new eco build targets

The government and industry have released new eco build targets for the construction industry.

The targets are designed to improve productivity, efficiency and sustainability and include compulsory bio diversity surveys for builds over £1 million.

Business minister, Shriti Vader, announced the targets saying an "efficient construction sector is essential for the investment in infrastructure and buildings that underpin our competitiveness".

The joint industry-government Strategy for Sustainable Construction hopes to recruit additional 230,000 additional trained construction workers by 2010, reduce the number of work-related deaths by ten per cent year-on-year and cut construction waste to landfill by half.

Ms Vader said the strategy will provide "greater certainty over what is expected from the sector in future, from training and developing skills to tackling the challenges of climate change".

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