A government climate change review has called for the tougher enforcement of Building Regulations, saying it could help reduce carbon emissions 100,000 tonnes a year.

John Tebbit, industry affairs director at the Construction Products Association, agreed the government should be focusing on enforcement rather than more regulation.

He said manufacturers were being penalised by a lack of enforcement: “We develop products to meet regulations, but people don’t use them because they know building control can’t enforce it.”

A private member’s bill threatens to impose more regulatory burden on builders. The Climate Change and Sustainable Energy bill, which had its second reading last Friday, calls for targets on sustainable energy technologies.