Moves are afoot to establish a UK Green Building Council which will pull together all the groups currently trying to reduce the environmental impact of buildings.

Major stakeholders are discussing a draft proposal for the formation of a council, the need for which was originally identified by the Sustainable Buildings Task Group.

BRE Environment managing director Dr David Strong, tasked with establishing the council, said numerous organisations had pledged their support for the idea.

The council’s proposed structure is similar to the US Green Building Council, which has succeeded in galvanising all sectors of the construction industry, from architects to contractors, throughout the US.

Bill Gething, chairman of the Royal Institute of British Architects‘ Sustainable Futures Group, said: “The entire building industry needs to buy into this.”