The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today submitted its comments on the draft Climate Change Bill, which was published today by the Government.
A RIBA spokesperson said:
"The RIBA welcomes the publication of the draft Climate Change Bill. It shows that the Government is determined to produce a long-term, statutory, domestic framework for tackling climate change.
"Given that the built environment is responsible for around 50% of carbon emissions in the UK, it is clear that architects have a significant role to play in designing away from climate change. The Government has given us a lead by proposing that all new homes should be zero carbon by 2016 and Gordon Brown spoke yesterday of extending that ambition to all homes. The RIBA is doing its bit by providing architects with the tools they need to deliver on the Government's targets and the increasingly energy-conscious demands of clients; raising public awareness through a 'green' Architecture Week in June; and delivering an extensive programme of exhibitions and talks on climate change.
"We will be participating fully in the Government's consultation and hope to see a robust Climate Change Bill in the Queen's Speech later this year."