§ Mr. Frank Cook
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what commercially co-sponsored research into domestic property green labelling and greenhouse gas emissions from homes is being conducted by(a) the Building Research Establishment or (b) consultants to the Building Research Establishment; and what is the total current departmental investment into this programme.
§ Mr. Chope
[holding answer 20 December 1989]: The Building Research Establishment is not currently engaged in any commercially co-sponsored research into domestic property green labelling or greenhouse gas emissions from homes, either directly or through consultants.
BRE is engaged in the following activities which are of relevance:
- (1) work on the emission of greenhouse gases from buildings, as part of the research programme of the environmental protection directorate of DOE;
- (2) the development of energy labels for housing, with commercial interests;
- (3) the management of a project for a group of companies looking into the long-term future development of housing, which is expected to cover "green" issues;
- (4) the development of "green" labels, initially for non-domestic buildings, with commercial interests.
The total current departmental investment in this general area at BRE amounts to some £400,000.