New London property developments failing to live up to green standards
Recent reports have caused a stir in the London office and property development market. Research claims that of the millions of pounds being invested in new buildings, not enough focus is being put on simple sustainable measures to make these new builds ‘fit for purpose’.
A recent article by Businessgreen.com states that the London Climate Change Partnership, a group of businesses, local authorities and academics, has released information highlighting that London will become increasingly vulnerable to climate change effects over time.
One such report states that millions of pounds are being ploughed into investment of new buildings, which are ignoring simple sustainable measures such as rainwater harvesting, green roofs, and trees to provide summer shading.
The research suggests that changes such as warmer temperatures, a reduction in summer rainfall and an increase in winter rainfall could seriously affect and disrupt our current building structures.
Speaking to Businessgreen.com, partnership chair Gerry Acher says:
“Even a world city like London is brought to a standstill in extreme weather such as heavy rain. The heatwave of 2003 is projected to be an average summer by the middle of the century. What we do to prepare for climate change will also make us less vulnerable today and will help to maintain London’s competitiveness and Londoners’ quality of life.”
The reports urge authorities to introduce new incentives and guidance to encourage landlords, property developers and office providers to invest in better climate change measures. London Mayor Boris Johnson is said to be unveiling a climate change plan for the capital later on this year.
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