Ruth Kelly appoints EP boss to champion government's package of green measures to the housebuilding industry

John Callcutt, English Partnerships chief executive, is being seconded to head up a new taskforce

In a speech at the Building Centre this morning, launching a package of government measures to boost the environmental sustainability of construction, communities minister Ruth Kelly announced that the former Crest Nicholson chief executive officer would head up a new group.

She said: "We have asked John Callcutt at English Partnerships to take on a new role working with the industry to improve house building in a low carbon environment."

An EP spokesperson said that Calcutt would be seconded to take on the role.

Callcutt, who has only been in his post at EP for six months, will have the task of persuading the housebuilding industry to implement the package of green measures outlined by Kelly this morning.

This includes:

  • A new tougher code for sustainable homes, under which all new dwellings will have to have a rating by March 2008
  • A new planning policy statement on climate change
  • A further tightening of Building Regulations with the aim of ensuring that all new housing achieves a zero carbon standard by 2016