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Government plans green product database

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) have announced plans to develop a green product database. It is designed to help specifiers access the products they need to kit out homes and other buildings to meet the Code for Sustainable Homes or Building Regulations. DEFRA also plans to develop a graphical computer tool, which allows specifiers to see how technology can be deployed in a building. Speaking at the Talking Water seminar, organised by the Building Research Establishment, DEFRA’s Peter Jiggins also said that ecotown developments comprising 5-20,000 homes would be used to assess the potential for rolling out sustainable initiatives on a larger scale.