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Regulatory navigation UK:

Sustainable Development Commission

The Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) is the Government's independent advisory body on sustainable development.

Ecotist (publishers of this ebook) are members of the SDC.

SDC logo

Building Research Group - BRE

'The BRE Group is a world leading research, consultancy, training, testing and certification organisation delivering sustainability and innovation across the built environment and beyond.'

It hosts the BRE Innovation Park, a valuable facility for the construction industry which showcases the latest innovations in construction in full scale.

The Park on the Watford site features a number of demonstration properties showcasing Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), near zero-carbon homes, and over 200 different innovative and emerging technologies.

Famous examples include the Lighthouse built by Kingspan Off-Site, the insulation manufacturuers:

Sigma Homes are two four-storey homes built by timber frame manufacturers Stewart Milne Group:

Other buildings at the Innovation Park include:

The Hanson Eco-House

Osborne's demonstration house

Eco-TECH's Swedish 'Organics' home

School of the Future (from Willmott Dixon's Re-Thinking, White Design and Max Fordham, an others)

Overview of buildings on the Innovation Park:

Main BRE site at


Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs

'Enabling everyone to live within our environmental means'.

DEFRA Environment

DEFRA's aim is to protect and improve the environment, and to integrate the environment with other policies across Government and in international fora.

Energy Savings Trust

Energy Savings Trust Home Improvements

London Climate Change Action

In the age of the city state, this is an interesting site. London has its own low emissions standards.

London Climate Change Action Green Homes

Town and Country Planning Association

Composed of members from the development industry, the environmental movement and those concerned with social justice.

World Green Building Council

A union of national councils to accelerate the change of the global property industry towards sustainability. The member countries represent over 50% of global construction activity, and touch more than eight thousand companies and organisations worldwide.